Great outlook for building with glass
November 3, 2008
Changes to the way glass is used during the past 10 years have put pressure on firms involved in the industry.
While glaziers that can replace a broken window with a handful of putty are still relatively easy to find, those that can specify and supply glass as a building product, to fabricate walls, floors and staircases, are thin on the ground.
Debbie Paul, chief executive of the Joiner Industry Training Association, which administers glazing apprenticeships, says in the 1990s apprenticeships were not really promoted and that during that time architecture changed to include glass in all aspects of building construction - all of a sudden it was not something you just looked through.
And she says the reason youngsters aren't taking up training options is because the industry has a low profile among school leavers, according to a Nov. 3 article in The New Zealand Herald.