Training bid hailed
industry: The recruitment of workers to the glass industry is set to be "transformed" under a multimillion-pound initiative aimed at setting new standards in training.
An academy will be launched to boost apprenticeships as well as career progression for the thousands of employees in the sector.
Trade body British Glass said glass now had many hi-tech applications, ranging from touch screens for smartphones to solar and wind energy products.
Chief executive Dave Dalton said: "It is now vital that businesses begin to take the lead in helping Britain fight back and improve our global competitiveness.
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"We must ensure we are doing everything possible to attract the best new talent and help our existing workforce to fully realise their potential.
"The Glass Academy has been created to ensure we can compete internationally with a workforce that is world class."
The industry produces around four million tonnes of glass a year, employing 7,000 direct and 45,000 indirect workers.