Work is well underway on the new multi-million pound Sunderland College campus.
The building work on the £29million education campus began at the beginning of the year and is due to be completed by spring.
Once finished the building will welcome up to 2,000 students and more than 120 staff when it opens in September 2016.
It is being built on land opposite Park Lane bus station and will house vocational courses transferred from its Hylton Campus.
Programmes will include engineering, manufacturing, construction and car trades, travel and tourism, and catering and hospitality.
It will also feature hair, beauty and barbering facilities, a spa, bakery, travel agency, restaurant and a car repair service, all accessible to visitors.
Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott, council leader Paul Watson and college principal Anne Isherwood, cut the first turf and now the building is really taking shape.
Mrs Isherwood said: “We have been working on this exciting project for many years and it is a very rewarding feeling to see these plans coming to fruition.
“The city campus has been designed to combine industry-standard facilities and outstanding teaching for our vocational and apprenticeship students, and will equip them with the skills and practical experience they need for their future careers.
“We are confident that our flagship campus will enhance the vibrancy of the city centre and will be of benefit to Sunderland for many years to come.”
The project is funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), Sunderland City Council and college reserves.
And, the land has been secured from Homes and Communities Agency.