Canal college funding investment

Scottish Waterways Trust has been awarded a grant of up to £1.125m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards canal college which is expected to open this year and run until 2020.

It is a major skills and employability programme centred on three of the nation’s historic canals.

Between 2013 and 2015 canal college helped 162 young people facing significant barriers in their lives with 72% moving into work, further education, training or volunteering on completion.

We are delighted to receive this incredible support from the Heritage Lottery Fund,” said Karen Moore, chief executive of Scottish Waterways Trust.

She added: “Following the outstanding success of the original canal college, we were inspired to significantly grow the scale and scope of the project to reach twice as many young unemployed adults who have faced significant barriers in their life, whether that be mental health problems or challenging home lives.”

Created by the Scottish Waterways Trust, and developed in partnership with Scottish Canals, Archaeology Scotland and Developing Nation, canal college is a unique outdoor employability programme.

It is designed to help address youth unemployment by teaching practical heritage and environment skills to disadvantaged 16-30 year olds.

The charity aims to reach twice as many young people (360 participants) as the first, successful canal college programme by extending the age criteria and the number of locations where it will be offered to Falkirk, Inverness and West Dunbartonshire.

Scottish Waterways Trust is now actively seeking further match funding to deliver the £1.4m programme. Once the additional funding is in place.

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