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Canal College Celebration

The next generation of Scotland’s heritage and conservation preservation specialists gathered on 20 / 21 August, to celebrate their recent participation in the latest 14-week Canal College programme - designed to support people develop their confidence, skills and work experience to help them progress into employment and training.

Almost 30 participants celebrated their achievements as part of the Canal College programme, which offers outdoor, hands on learning along the Forth & Clyde, Union and Caledonian Canals.

And now, we're looking for participants for the next Canal College courses.  So, if you’re aged 16 or over and have just two days a week for 14 weeks, starting 17 September why not find out more and get involved.

During the course, participants worked towards their SQA qualifications in Cultural Heritage and Working Safely - putting them on the pathway to careers in and outdoor based jobs such as forestry, landscaping and even construction.  They also worked towards achieving certificates in First Aid, John Muir Award for conservation, Saltire Award for volunteering and the Archaeology Scotland Heritage Heroes Award.

West Dunbartonshire Canal College participant, Ian Macgregor said, “I’d recommend Canal College to anyone who has a great interest in nature and wildlife or a young person looking to get a great kick start in life and potentially more. I really took an interest in the canal and the community and the jobs that needed doing. I have made so many friends that I am still friends with today.”

Another participant from West Dunbartonshire, Rhiannan McArthur, commented, “I came to Canal College to get out of the house for a few hours a week. I’d recommend the course as its not only a great support network, but also a fun and entertaining way of learning new skills and gaining new qualifications to take through the rest of your life. The course is practical and educational in the best way.”

The celebrations took place at the Coach House in Camelon, Falkirk, and head office of Caley Cruisers in Inverness. Graduates were joined by representatives of Canal College, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Skills Development Scotland, National Heritage Lottery Fund and Mackenzie Construction Ltd.

 

22 August 2019

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