WRG Launches Training Grant for Volunteers

WRG has launched a Training Award to assist with the cost of training volunteers in skills associated with inland waterways restoration. Restoration projects have become more complex over the years, requiring volunteers to operate large machinery, conduct extensive surveys and deal with increasingly demanding legislation, all to the very highest standards. The WRG Training Award aims to promote a more confident and skilled volunteer workforce. The criteria for the award are set deliberately wide and encourage applications from individuals as well as waterway societies who may wish to organise training for a group of volunteers.

This award can provide up to 75% of the direct costs (i.e. course costs, travel and accommodation expense) up to a maximum of £750.

Although there is a list of ‘preferred areas’ applications will be accepted for any area of training.

Restoration Skills of Particular Interest

Construction/ Restoration Techniques; Brickwork; Stonework; Woodwork; Ironwork; Bank Protection; Boat/engine restoration; Lifting and Handling; Plant; Any plant or equipment covered by WRG Driver Authorisation Scheme; Tirfor winches; Chainsaw, Strimmers and Forestry; Plant Maintenance; Environmental Science; Ecology Surveys; Nature Conservation; Design of mitigation measures; Hedge-laying; Project Skills; Safety Management; Heritage Management; Planning; Leadership; Quantity Surveying; Engineering Design; Archaeology/ Recording Techniques; First Aid.                   

How to Apply?

Training Grant - Application Form (pdf)
Training Grant - Fact Sheet (pdf) - to be read when completing application form.     

If you have any queries please contact Jenny Black on 01494 783 453 ext 604.