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Canal College

What do we offer?

Delivered in partnership by Scottish Waterways Trust and Barnardo's Works, this 14 week course offers outdoor skills training on the historic Calendonian Canal in Inverness.  Projects will include landscaping, tree planting, vegetation management, archaeology, stonemasonry, conservation and the creation of heritage and wildlife trails.  Participants also learn about canal engineering, management and maintenance.

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Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for anyone who is aged 16 to 30 and is not in education, training or employment.

What can you achieve?

In addition to achieving an SQA Level 2 Certificate in Cultural Heritage and SQA Level 5 Unit on Working Safely, you can boost your CV by gaining:

  • Saltire Volunteer Award
  • John Muir Award (Discovery Level)
  • Heritage Heroes Award
  • Canal College Certificate 

You will also undertake 14 hours a week of work experience and skills training on the Caledonian Canal.

Could I get a training allowance?

We may be able to support you with travel costs - contact us to find out more.

Who do I contact to find out more?

Contact the Inverness Office below for further details and to find out about start dates.  We run the programme 3 times a year and have an intake in May, September and January. Our May course for 2018 is now full, however we are happy to take notes of interest for our September course. Registration for this will take place in August. Please email Nicky - details below.

In the meantime if you're interested in coming along to our informal catch-ups for past candidates and interested future participants we are hosting a new club:

  • 3C (Canal College Club)
  • Starting Monday 28 May and every second Monday after that from 1030 – 1200
  • Based mostly on the canal – fireside activities; catch up; cuppa and cake

Call for more information (01463) 725561 or email

Further information and contact details

Street Address: Seaport Marina, Muirtown Wharf, Inverness, IV3 5LE

Telephone: 07789943108



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