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vInspired and youth action squads

In May 2014, the Trust launched a new social action, personal development and accredited training programme for young people. Find out what we have achieved since.

Glyn and Michael stood by Caldon Canal Glyn and Michael on Caldon Canal - young people training programme

vInspired Eco Talent

  • Are you 16-25 years old?
  • Looking for new skills and experience?
  • Interested in the environment?

Eco Talent could give you a step up into a new career and the chance to help protect the environment.

  • Find out more about Eco Talent (based in London)

What we have achieved

Through a cabinet office funded project and led by national youth volunteering charity vInspired, we have supported two cohorts of 15 young people to engage in a wide range of practical tasks along the waterways. This has helped them develop valuable life and employability skills and work towards a Level 2 Certificate in Work Based Environmental Conservation, accredited by City & Guilds.

Our first cohort started with 13 young people. Of these, eight progressed into employment, two went into further training and one became a lead volunteer with the Trust.

Our second cohort also started with 13  young people. Of these, six progressed into employment, two started apprenticeships and three went onto further training.  

The group met HRH Price Charles and appeared twice on different pieces for BBC Midlands Today.

What did they make of the project?

Watch our short video of Michael, from cohort one and Glyn, our youth volunteer co-ordinator.

Action Squad Programme

Funded by the Cabinet Office, this partnership led by the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS), aimed to increase the number of young people aged 10-20 engaging in environmental social action.

We were delighted to engage 495 young people through the Trust’s Waterways Action Squads between January 2015 and April 2015. This exceeded our target of 488.

Our squads took on a wide range of tasks and projects including; assisting the Trust’s education and environmental teams, boat movements at the Trust’s National Waterways Museum, surveying the canal, devising and performing drama pieces inspired by the canal, practical towpath improvements, community canal adoptions and much more.

Last date edited: 9 May 2016