canal college® is our innovative employability programme, aimed at young people aged 16-30 who aren’t in further education, training or employment.
Through canal college, young people learn an exciting range of practical heritage skills outdoors and earn awards and certificates to get them on the path to work.
Local people take part as volunteer mentors and use their own skills and experiences to guide young people, learning some new skills themselves along the way.
We aim to inspire our young people to create a brighter future for themselves with a fun, positive and exciting experience.
The 14-week programmes are offered in Falkirk, West Dunbartonshire and Inverness.
canal college helps young people:
- build confidence
- experience team-working
- improve health and wellbeing
- achieve awards like the John Muir Award and Heritage Hero Award
- receive SQA accredited training
- enhance social skills
- overcome barriers to work and education
Over 70% of young people completing canal college secure work, get into further education or take on a new volunteering role.
Get the latest updates on the canal college blog.
Falkirk and East Dunbartonshire:
canal college is supported by Barnardos Works,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 European Social Fund up until 2020.