Canal College

Canal College is helping people across Scotland learn the skills and build the confidence they need to unlock their full potential.


On Canal College you can learn practical and traditional heritage skills outdoors on Scotland’s canals – like stone-masonry, lime-mortaring, archaeology and vegetation management.

Take part to build confidence, make friends and experience team-working. You’ll also get the chance to work towards CV boosting qualifications in Cultural Heritage and Working Safely and awards like the John Muir Award and Heritage Hero award.

If you’re aged 16 or over, Canal College can help you get on the path to work or further education. It’s just two days a week for 14 weeks, but it could change your life.


“I was part of a young team that was constantly getting in trouble. My social worker suggested I try Canal College but it was not easy to socialise with new people after being involved with a crew for so long. Getting away from drugs and crime and putting myself out of my comfort zone was hard. But no one judges you here, they take you at face value and everyone gets treated the same. It has really helped give me focus and helped me move away from my old life.”

David, Canal College, West Dunbartonshire


Find a programme near you

Find out when you can get started on Canal College in Inverness, Falkirk or West Dunbartonshire. Not sure it’s for you? Get in touch with your local outreach officer and get all the information you need.

Canal College is completely free to join, and you’ll have the chance to learn some impressive skills, build your confidence and have fun outdoors. You can meet the team beforehand to find out if it’s the right opportunity for you.

Once the programme is finished we can help you think about what you’d like to do next whether that’s getting a job, going to college or learning more through training or volunteering. 


Alan Forrester

07849 628899



Charlie Lyons

07849 628896


West Dunbartonshire

Lesley Scullion

07849 628895



Are you applying on behalf of a young person?

Do you know a young person who could boost their confidence and their skills through Canal College? We take referrals from:

  • parents/guardians
  • friends
  • organisations

Just get in touch with the Outreach Officer in your local area to discuss the programme.


Become a referral partner

If your organisation would like to become a Canal College referral partner please contact us.


Sign up as a volunteer mentor

Volunteer mentors motivate, educate and inspire young people on Canal College.

Are you over 16 years of age with time available to help young people reach their full potential and get on the path to work? If you can spare a day or two a week, join our Canal College team as a volunteer mentor.

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