canal college

canal college

Our employability programmes help young people transform their lives while safeguarding the nation’s canal heritage. 

Through canal college® and Green Action, 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.

Our programmes are free to those taking part.

canal college and Green Action help young people:

  • build confidence
  • experience team-working
  • improve health and wellbeing
  • achieve awards like the John Muir Award
  • receive SQA accredited training
  • enhance social skills
  • overcome barriers to work and education

Green Action

Green Action is a practical conservation training programme in Falkirk for young people aged 16-24 The programme runs one day per week for 12 weeks outdoors along the canals and surrounding greenspace. To find out if Green Action is for you contact or call us on 01324 677809.

canal college 

Through canal college young people aged 16-30 learn practical built, cultural and heritage tasks in Inverness, Falkirk or West Dunbartonshire. Find out more about the programme and how you can sign up yourself or refer a young person.

Become a volunteer mentor 

We’re always looking for volunteer mentors for our programmes. Think you can inspire and help young people learn new skills? Download our mentor leaflet.


Successfully securing work, education or a volunteering role.

Green Action 65%
Canal College 72%