We're committed to helping local people realise their potential and to supporting youth and community initiatives. Our apprenticeship programmes are part of the training, skills and job opportunities we're proud to provide for people who want to build a career with the Trust.

Boat on the canal Boat on the canal

We recognise that traditional canal skills are necessary to continue the vitally important work that we undertake on our canal network. Our apprenticeship programmes help us to preserve these skills and to offer local training and employment opportunities to the next generation.

If you're looking for a practical, hands-on career path and have an interest in working on the waterways then we would be keen to hear from you. Our apprenticeship programmes will equip you with a wide range of specialist skills, while working as part of an enthusiastic and experienced team. 

I'm extremely enthusiastic about my job and want to grasp every opportunity given to me. I've been on so many wonderful placements during my time with the Trust. I'm always willing to travel anywhere to broaden my experience.

Paula, heritage stone masonry apprentice

The apprenticeship has contributed to my development by fully engaging me in the world of engineering and introducing me to the Trust's values. I have learned key skills and have the correct tools to progress my career.

Jonathan, engineering higher apprentice

The Kickstart Programme

Funded through the government's plans for jobs, the Kickstart Project enabled us to create new job placements for 16 to 24-year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Those on the programme will be paid National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months. We have created 67 fantastic kickstart placements who will work and learn in small teams, supported by a dedicated group leader who will plan and deliver the work throughout the programme.

Last date edited: 29 September 2021