My name is Justin Wakeling and I’m a Master Glazier in Western Australia.
I’m Operations Manager at Glass.Co Metro which is based in Canning Vale.
How I got into being a glazier
I got my first job in the glazing industry in 2004 through a friend who was a factory foreman for a large glass and aluminium company. After working on the factory floor for a couple of months I was offered an apprenticeship. It has been a great industry to work in.
The trend to light and airy houses in a time of climate change has seen the growth in double glazing to make sure homes are energy efficient.
My industry has grown and changed as we deliver new solutions that help architects and builders to be more creative and deliver better thermal efficiency.
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We learn how to use new tools and equipment to manufacture these solutions.
We also upgrade homes with new windows, shower screens and wardrobes.
Your world opens up
Once you finish your apprenticeship your world really opens up. You can set up your own business as a manufacturer or installer. You can train the next generation of apprentices or get into sales, or estimates or project management. You could even get into research and development of future products.
After three years of working as a qualified glazier you can apply to become a Certified Glazier and you can become a Master Glazier when you’re qualified and work in the industry for ten years.
As a Master Glazier and Operations Manager at Glass Co Metro I work to assure that we do a great job, according to Australian Standards. I also need to look after the wellbeing and safety of my team while supporting the growth and great reputation of our company.
Apprenticeships at Glass Co Metro
There are currently 6 apprentices at Glass Co Metro, and our apprentices have won multiple awards at State and National level.
We like to take on 2 new apprentices at each year level. Two apprentices are about to finish their training and qualify, so we will be looking to put on two new apprenticeships in the near future.
Careers in Glass and Glazing
Get in touch with me if you are interested in getting an apprenticeship at Glass Co Metro. I would be happy to chat. Contact me at: Justin Wakeling (08) 9473 9499
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Find out about industry engagement:
Janine Blake, Industry Consultant, Food Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council 0427 351 027 email@example.com
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