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Canal College and Heritage

From 1st May 2019, we are delighted to be taking forward new canal-based, cultural heritage projects, previously undertaken by Scottish Waterways Trust.  These projects help create a brighter future for the people, communities and wildlife of Scotland by building life skills, connecting people with their natural environment and conserving our rich heritage.

 

Canal College

Canal College is a heritage skills focused employability project which helps people boost their life and work chances whilst protecting the nation’s canal heritage.

The programme helps people to:

  • Gain real practical work experience
  • Earn a variety of recognised awards and qualifications
  • Overcome barriers to work and education
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of working outdoors
  • Enhance their communication and social skills
  • Move forward with their lives, better skilled and equipped for the job market

The canal college training programme is available in three locations across Scotland: Falkirk, Inverness and West Dunbartonshire. It is aimed at people aged 16+ who are not in employment and who are looking to progress into a job, further education or training.

During the programme, participants undertake a wide range of practical projects helping conserve and enhance the built, natural and cultural heritage of three of Scotland's 200-year-old canals: the Forth & Clyde, Union and Caledonian canals.

Topics include:

  • Canalside archaeology
  • Forestry and conservation
  • Canalside maintenance and engineering
  • Stone carving and stone repair
  • Pathwork and woodwork
  • Management of vegetation and invasive species

Find out how you can get involved.

Canal cultural heritage

Did you know the entire canal network in Scotland is designated a scheduled ancient monument? Our canals play an important part in Scotland’s history and are over 200 years old. To help protect and conserve them, we run three projects:

  • Canal Works – working with volunteers to care for the historic canal environment
  • Canal School – inspiring young people about our canal history
  • Canal Life – engaging people with the cultural heritage of the canals

Find out more about these projects and how you can get involved.

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