How Waterways Can Help
Waterways provide many opportunities for employment, training and apprenticeships. These include jobs in tourism and leisure or the hospitality sector, working in a wide range of fields for a navigation authority, or in jobs created through regeneration of a local area, such as in the construction industry.
Waterway restoration projects also offer opportunities for employment, training, and apprenticeships. Although often led by volunteers, restoration sites have to comply with all construction, environmental, heritage, health and safety legislation and processes. This can provide valuable work experience for young people, or adults wishing to re-train, ahead of seeking employment in the construction industry, civil engineering or other fields.
Waterway projects often highlight the UK’s civil engineering prowess, with bridges, locks, tunnels and aqueducts to be rebuilt and new canal channels to be designed, along with flood alleviation schemes and environmental improvements.
Regeneration and restoration projects also demand innovative solutions to engineering problems, from the historic 19th century Anderton Boat Lift to its 21st century counterpart, the Falkirk Wheel. There are further opportunities for innovation in the use of floating homes, boat design and using canals as part of an integrated transport policy.