The construction of Northampton College’s new campus in Daventry got underway on Wednesday morning.
Principal Pat Brennan-Barrett formally put the first spade in the ground for the £13 million new college on the Badby Road West site.
Construction will continue through 2016, with the college aiming to open the new building to students next autumn.
Mrs Brennan-Barrett said: “I am delighted that work has now started to deliver a state-of-the-art educational facility for Daventry.
“Our ambition is to be the first choice for training and education in Daventry and our plans demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the town and the local community.
“The new facilities will improve the educational offer in Daventry and help keep students from leaving the town. The centre will provide places for 700 students, including 200 apprenticeships, and will focus on developing the skills identified as central to the local economy.
“Work is now in progress to develop an exciting new curriculum for the centre that will appeal to young people, adults and local businesses.
“I would like to thank those who supported us with this project including SEMLEP, Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire County Council.”
Cllr Chris Millar said: “I’m delighted to see work starting on the construction of the new college.
“The uplifting of the facilities here fits with DDC’s agenda to improve education across the town and district.”