canal college®

canal college®

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.

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Get involved


Stephen Wiseman
01463 725561

Falkirk and East Dunbartonshire:

Alan Forrester
07768 951740

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.

The canal college story

Successfully securing work, education or a volunteering role.

Green Action 65%
Canal College 72%