Canal College

People on a canal boat
The Canal College crew

Heritage Grants

FALKIRK, Scotland
Scottish Waterways Trust
The Scottish Waterways Trust’s Canal College project helped young people and their local canal heritage.

The project was set up by the Trust, which is Scotland’s only national waterways charity. It found solutions to local skills shortages and high youth unemployment in Falkirk and Edinburgh through a programme of training and skills development focused on the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals. 

Twelve 14 week-long work programmes taught heritage and environmental skills to disadvantaged 16-25 years olds. The college was offered free of charge to all participants.

Of the 162 young people who took part in the project, 72% moved into similar work, further education or training once they completed their course.

There were also added benefits for wildlife and plants, with the young people making surveys, creating a wildflower meadow and holding open days to engage the local community with the built and natural heritage.

There are now plans to double the number of unemployed people benefiting from the Canal College and this has taken a step closer with a £21,700 HLF development grant to establish a second phase of the training programme.

More like this...

Boost for Montgomery Canal restoration

The bid led by the Canal and River Trust and supported by the Montgomery Canal Partnership which includes 14 partner organisations, is a key step to securing the full grant of £3.7m and a major step forward in the plans to fully restore the canal.Known for its outstanding natural beauty and heritage

Facelift for Bridgewater Canal

The historic canal, which opened in 1761 as Britain’s first commercial canal, is to undergo a major facelift. Salford City Council has been awarded a major slice of the total project costs from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) who today confirmed a £3.6m grant to regenerate nearly five miles of canal

World’s first iron-hulled boat comes home to the Monkland Canal

The full scale replica of the Vulcan, the world’s first iron-hulled boat, arrived at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge today (Thursday 27 March) and will soon capture the imaginations of visitors as a major heritage attraction. Named for the Roman god of forge and fire, the