Employment and Heritage Scheme Launched
eCom were delighted to join Scottish Waterways Trust at the launch of canal college® on the 10th of April on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness. The event, held aboard the Lord of the Glens, was an opportunity for partners, funders and young people to discover how the project will impact young unemployment and waterways heritage.
canal college is Scottish Waterways Trust flagship project and aims to tackle unemployment amongst young people living in Inverness, Falkirk and West Dunbartonshire, who have suffered setbacks in their life and not been able to secure employment, education or training opportunities. It is a 14-week programme for volunteers between 16 and 30, allowing them to develop practical heritage and environment skills whilst working on the Caledonian Canal, and gain qualifications and certificates to enhance their prospects. The activities will improve the built, cultural and natural heritage of the waterway and include landscaping, tree and vegetation management, stonework, conservation, canalside archaeology, trail creation and environment skills.
Accessible Learning Technologies
eCom Scotland is proud to be partnering with Scottish Waterways Trust on this important project, creating a bespoke learning platform and mobile app for delivery of the qualifications. The accessible technologies will facilitate learning wherever the skills development activities are taking place. canal college will be the first programme to deliver the SVQ Level 2 Certificate in Cultural Heritage in Scotland.
Ross Martin, Chair of Scottish Waterways Trust said “Our young participants will learn a raft of new skills, earn CV-boosting certificates and awards, and build the vital confidence needed to get on the path to a brighter future. We look forward to seeing the difference canal college will make to the lives of young people and to Scotland’s built, natural and cultural heritage over the coming three years.”
Wendy Edie, Managing Director of eCom Scotland said “We are very pleased to be involved in this innovative learning project which will benefit both the young participants and Scotland’s waterways. It demonstrates how effective mobile technologies can be for delivering learning in any workplace environment.”
canal college will run to 2020 and is estimated that the programme will help 360 young people and engage 860 individuals across the local waterside communities, in this time.
More information on canal college can be found at http://bit.ly/canalcollege.
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Notes: Scottish Waterways Trust is Scotland’s only national waterways charity and has been helping young people gain the skills and confidence to find work, bringing opportunities to disadvantaged communities and safeguarding and improving the rich heritage and environments of Scotland’s canals for over a decade.