canal college bring Caledonian Canal to life

Young people taking part in Scottish Waterways Trust’s flagship employability programme, canal college®, are inviting local people to discover their canal heritage on a free, guided tour of the Caledonian Canal in Inverness on Wednesday 25th October.

The ‘Caledonian Canal Chronicles’ guided walk has been created by unemployed young people aged 16-30 as part of canal college, a pioneering skills, work experience and employability programme on the Caledonian, Forth & Clyde and Union Canals helping young people on the pathway to work.

canal college is delivered in 14-week programmes and is currently supported by Scottish Canals and Mackenzie Construction and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Avondale Environmental through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, The Robertson Trust and the National Third Sector Fund. In the Highlands, canal college is delivered in partnership with Barnardo’s Works.

The relaxing, 1-mile tour of the majestic waterway gives a fascinating glimpse into the historic, working canal along with the unique wildlife that calls it home. It aims to connect local people with the heritage and biodiversity on their doorstep.

The walk forms part of the canal college students work towards an SQA Level 2 in Cultural Heritage (QCF) as well as a raft of other CV-boosting awards and certificates. The programme launched for the first time ever in Inverness this May and is the only course in Scotland offering the SQA Cultural Heritage qualification, which is delivered outdoors through an innovative e-learning platform and app.

The ‘Caledonian Canal Chronicles’ guided walk takes place along the Caledonian Canal on Wednesday 25th October from 11.15 – 12.15 meeting at the Scout Hut at Muirtown Basin in Inverness, IV3 5LE.

To attend, or for more information on how to get involved with canal college as a student or volunteer mentor contact Stephen Wiseman on 07917 676786 or stephen@scottishwaterwaystrust.org.uk

Stephen Wiseman, canal college Project Manager for Inverness, said:

By working on exciting physical, interpretative and environmental projects like these, young people and volunteer mentors are bringing the canal in Inverness to life, improving the quality of their own lives along the way and leaving a lasting legacy for waterside communities.

Activities like this guided tour empower young people to take an active part in their local heritage, and help them build the vital skills and self-esteem they need to unlock their full potential and journey onto a brighter future.

We know that local people have a huge appetite for learning about their heritage and we’re delighted to be able to share that with them through a guided walk created by the younger generation on their path to new-found confidence and employment.