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Canal College Returns After Lockdown

We're delighted to share that our Canal College programme has restarted after having to be paused during lockdown.

Ten candidates have returned to Falkirk Canal College and are working in two groups (bubbles).  So far they have all completed 4 SQA Units at the Coach House and assisted Scottish Canals to carry out essential maintenance at Lock 5 and at The Falkirk Wheel, built benches and helped Reunion Canal Boats with some lock keeping.  They are currently planning their Guided Tours and Heritage Exhibitions.

On week 1 both groups worked on the Lochrin workboat removing overhanging trees around the Roughcastle Basin to allow the Falkirk Wheel tourist boats to turn safely.  The basin has significant heritage importance as it sits at the top of the Falkirk Wheel and is the new entrance to the Union Canal. Above, you can see some of the candidates returning to the Forth and Clyde Canal on the Wheel.  

We're excited to welcome back Canal College candidates and are looking forward to hearing more from them in the weeks ahead.

Canal College helps people across Scotland to 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.  it takes place in three locations: Falkirk, Bowling and Inverness.

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.

08 October 2020

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