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Canal College: using the rich heritage of Scotland’s canals to inspire future generations

WCC Scotland
September 22, 2016

Canal College: using the rich heritage of Scotland’s canals to inspire future generations

Talk on Scottish Waterways Trust’s canal college, the first ever initiative of its kind, using the rich heritage of Scotland’s canals to inspire future generations of canal champions and equip disadvantaged young people with the skills they need to create a brighter future for themselves.

WCC Scotland

September 22, 2016

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  1. About SWT • We are Scotland’s only national waterways charity

    • Vision – creating brighter futures for people, communities & wildlife across canals & waterways • We are transformative • We work with Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities • We inspire • We are a small dynamic charity –creating award winning & innovative projects and rewarding partnerships
  2. About Developing Nation Ltd • Education & Training Specialists •

    Our team – over 90 years of combined industry knowledge • Approved SQA centre • Award winning training provider • Worked with some of the UK’s largest companies • Specialists in employability & personal and social development • Internationally trained and experienced trainers and coaches
  3. About Archaeology Scotland • Third partner in the design of

    the new canal college • Working to inspire communities, amateurs and professionals to discover, explore and enjoy Scotland's past • Adopt-a-Monument is a nation-wide Community Archaeology scheme that provides volunteer groups with the practical advice and training they need to care and conserve their local heritage • Heritage Heroes giving people the opportunity to explore their local heritage with the help and expertise of local community groups.
  4. Skills & Learning • The driving force behind canal college

    was always skills and people development • Simultaneously regenerate waterways & learn heritage skills, build confidence & promote leadership • Building on the values of the project –it was also fundamental to understand what was truly important to the people that we worked with
  5. Business Values Defining a clear set of values for our

    project was of Paramount importance What’s yours?
  6. canal college 2013-15 "A stepping stone from not knowing what

    you want to be - to finding where you want to go" (project participant) canal college is a trademark initiative of Scottish Waterways Trust, supported and funded by:
  7. What is canal college? • canal college® is a pioneering

    heritage skills, work experience and employability programme. • It provides memorable learning opportunities and hands-on work experience for young people between 16-25 years who are not in employment, education or training. • Between 2013 and 2015, 162 young people took part in the six 14-week canal college programmes in the Edinburgh and Falkirk areas (target: 144).
  8. What canal college achieved? 116 yp of 162 achieved at

    least one positive destination as a result, including: 21 found paid employment 21 began accredited training courses 20 went on to new volunteering opportunities 19 entered work placements 15 were accepted onto paid training 14 enrolled in Further Education 24 mentors recruited & trained 72% positive destination achieved
  9. Awards • Winner – Scottish Heritage Angel Award Capacity Building

    • Runner Up – Living Waterways Awards Employability • Runner Up – CVS Falkirk Volunteer Awards 2015 Youth Volunteering Engaging Organisation of the Year • Runner Up – CVS Falkirk Volunteer Awards 2014 Youth Volunteering Engaging Organisation of the Year • Finalist – SURF Awards Employability
  10. canal college 2 Programme Structure The programmes are divided into

    six distinct elements: Induction and how canals work Exploring People Conserving Nature Building the future Managing the past: Celebration
  11. canal college Completion On successful completion of the canal college

    2 programme, participants and mentors will have achieved: • An employability award - SQA Level 2 Certificate in Cultural Heritage • John Muir Award for conservation • Saltire Award for volunteering (or volunteering award for those 25+) • Working Safely (SQA Level 5 Unit) • Heritage Hero Award and canal college certificates and Personal Development Awards.
  12. Work with us • Global ambition • How can it

    help your organisation? • Why should you get involved • Who would it benefit • What’s in it for me?
  13. Any Questions? canal college: Using the Rich Heritage of Scotland’s

    Canals to Inspire Future Generations Visit www.scottishwaterwaystrust.org.uk or follow @scotlandscanals