THE Heritage Lottery Fund has granted the Scottish Waterways Trust up to £1.125 million to run its highly successful canal college scheme for people aged 16 to 30 on the Union Canal in Falkirk, on the Caledonian in Inverness and on the Forth & Clyde Canal in West Dunbartonshire during 2017.
The trust is now looking for funding to bring the HLF cash up to the £1.4m needed to run the programme, which aims to boost the self-confidence and employability potential of students through teaching them canal skill. The extended project will build on the scheme’s success up to 2015, when 162 young people from Falkirk took part.
Scottish Waterways Trust chief executive, Karen Moore, said: “We are delighted to receive this incredible support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Following the success of the initial canal college scheme, 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 lives.”
Lucy Cascot, HLF Scottish chief, said: “Our canal heritage offers a rich resource for skills and education, so HLF is delighted to support canal college where it being used in such an innovative way. We know from the success of the initial project, that that the newly learned skills gained by participants, not only make a positive difference to their lives, but will play an important part in looking after Scotland’s canal network.”