Forth Valley College and Scottish Waterways Trust have announced an innovative partnership.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday 1 February by FVC’s Principal Dr Ken Thomson and SWT’s Chief Executive Karen Moore, at the college’s Falkirk Campus
The five year link-up will allow the two organisations to develop an innovative curriculum and a high quality skills and learning experience, identify and overcome barriers to learning, raise levels of participation, retention, achievement and progression for learners and the community, work together to secure funding and create future partnership projects.
FVC Principal, Dr Ken Thomson, said:
We are delighted to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding with Scottish Waterways Trust and are looking forward to taking several exciting initiatives forward to benefit local students and the community as a whole. SWT – who have their HQ in Falkirk – have done tremendous work across the country to develop, enhance and improve Scotland’s valuable waterways and we feel this partnership is a great fit and will help the college, Scottish Waterways Trust and the country as a whole.
Karen Moore, Chief Executive of Scottish Waterways Trust, said:
Scotland’s vibrant canal network has been at the heart of communities for over 200 years and provides the perfect place for people to develop and learn new skills. We are thrilled to announce this new partnership with Forth Valley College which will see us work together to connect more people with the rich heritage and thriving biodiversity of the waterways on their doorstep.
Through the partnership we aim to help people unlock their full potential whilst safeguarding the canals which are a vital part of the country’s past and have a bright place in its future.
In particular, we are looking forward to seeing the partnership create greater opportunities for young people on our canal college skills training programmes, helping them build the confidence, knowledge and skills they need on their journey into employment.