Construction work has officially started on Callywith College in Bodmin, with dignitaries attending a special cutting-of-the-turf ceremony this week.
Callywith College, being constructed in the heart of Bodmin by specialist construction contractor Kier, will bring further education provision to young people across north east Cornwall.
The College is being opened in association with Ofsted Outstanding Truro and Penwith College and received Department for Education funding and approval in February.
Officially breaking ground at the ten-acre site was Truro and Penwith College chair of governors Ellen Winser, principal David Walrond, Mayor of Bodmin Lance Kennedy and Brian Rice, operations director at Kier Construction, Devon & Cornwall.
They were joined by senior Kier representatives, local Cornwall councillors, including cabinet member for Children and Young People, Andrew Wallis and Better Bodmin chairman, Phil Ugalde.
Walrond said the development reflected the college’s commitment to respond to significant growth in demand for places, and to address the issues of long and costly travel for many current and prospective learners.
He commented: “I am delighted that we are now able to respond to the wishes and interests of learners and their families in the wide areas of Cornwall that the new college serves, and to meet the needs of local business and employers.
“The demand for something new and different in post-16 provision is not just about raising levels of achievement and skills, it is about driving the wider Cornish economy which depends on these things.”