We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.


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.

Boat on the canal Boat on the canal
"My interviewer said it is an opportunity to grab with both hands and he was absolutely right. It is a fantastic chance to broaden your skills, make some friends for life and work with a charity brimming with options." Hayley Garrod, apprentice

If you are 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, whilst working as part of an enthusiastic and experienced team.  

Commencing September 2015 we are introducing the following two year programmes:

Traditional Master Craftsperson

Working in partnership with the Heritage Craft Alliance, modules will include:

  • Construction technology
  • Materials Science
  • Measurement
  • Technical drawing
  • Tools and techniques
  • Substantial craft training covering a range and depth of skills.

Apprentices will receive module training one week per month at the HCA site at Bedale (residential) and can expect to receive comprehensive on the job experience. Working alongside qualified Canal & River Trust craftspeople, the environment will allow for apprentices to utilise all training given over the lifespan of the programme.

"At the Heritage Craft Alliance in Bedale the staff are passionate about heritage and committed to their learners. I felt supported right through the year and not only learned an understanding of heritage skills, but a lot about myself." Hayley Garrod, apprentice

Electrical Apprenticeship

Working in partnership with various colleges local to the site.

Apprentices will receive module training one day per week at college, and will also receive on the job training with an experienced Canal & River Trust electrician. The environment will allow apprentices to utilise all training given over the lifespan of the programme.

Last date edited: 17 August 2016