People clearing a disused canal lock
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Canal college restores a 200-year-old waterway

23 January 2014 Last updated at 12:53 GMT

A group of unemployed young people have returned to a school of a different kind.

The curriculum at Canal College involves excavating a disused 200-year-old canal lock, which was once part of the busy waterways between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The project, run by Scottish Waterways and the Scottish Canals Trust, has been bringing the lock back to life as a heritage attraction next to the Falkirk Wheel.

As BBC Scotland's Joanne Macaulay reports the experience has also improved the volunteers' job chances.