Find out when you can get started on canal college in Inverness, Falkirk or West Dunbartonshire. Not sure it’s for you? Get in touch with your local outreach officer and get all the information you need.

canal college is completely free to join, and you’ll have the chance to learn some impressive skills, build your confidence and have fun outdoors. You can meet the team beforehand to find out if it’s the right opportunity for you.

Once the programme is finished we can help you think about what you’d like to do next whether that’s getting a job, going to college or learning more through training or volunteering. 

Scottish Waterways Trust Canal College Canal College archaeological dig at the site of former Rosebank Distillery in Falkirk. left to right: Canal College Students Megan Finlay, Jamie Kirkwood & David Smith more info from Rose Henderson, Scottish Waterways Trust, Communications & Resources Officer 01324 677817. or Craig Cowbrough, 0141 354 1324


Nicky MacLennan
01463 725561 / 07789 943108


Charlie Lyons

07789 942177

West Dunbartonshire

Lesley Scullion
07789 941266


Are you applying on behalf of a young person?

Do you know a young person who could boost their confidence and their skills through canal college? We take referrals from:

  • parents/guardians
  • friends
  • organisations

Just get in touch with the Outreach Officer in your local area to discuss the programme. canal college is designed for young people aged 16-30 who are not in employment, further education or training.

Become a referral partner

If your organisation would like to become a canal college referral partner please contact us.

Sign up as a volunteer mentor

Volunteer mentors motivate, educate and inspire young people on canal college.

Are you over 16 years of age with time available to help young people reach their full potential and get on the path to work? If you can spare a day or two a week, join our canal college team as a volunteer mentor.

Find out more in our mentor leaflet.