Glasgow’s young people are set to have a boatload of new opportunities thanks to an innovative new partnership between Glasgow Kelvin College and Scottish Canals that will see students play a key role in the ongoing transformation around the city’s Forth & Clyde Canal.
Formalised today (Tuesday 3rd October) with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on board the Forth & Clyde Canal Society’s Voyager barge, the partnership will give the city’s young people the chance to take advantage of the infrastructure, business links, and future projects on the canal, undertaking training, developing new skills, and eventually taking up new jobs being created around the waterway. The project is of special importance in North East Glasgow, where 27% of residents – more than double the national average – have no qualifications.
The partnership could see the students taking up their tools and assisting with construction projects on the canal banks; crafting creative cuisine at pop-up street food villages; helping deliver large-scale events like the world’s only uphill swimming race, Red Bull Neptune Steps; or even using the incredible environments of the waterway as venues for photography and video projects. It’s also hoped the partnership will assist entrepreneurial students in setting up their own businesses, with Scottish Canals able to provide low-cost premises and ongoing support.
The Glasgow Canal area has seen considerable investment in its regeneration by Scottish Canals and its partners in recent years, with world-renowned organisations such as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, National Theatre of Scotland, and Scottish Opera taking up residence on the canal, and numerous access and landscape improvements made to better connect the area with the city centre. It’s hoped the new partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College will improve links between the students and the organisations and facilities of the area.