WORK has begun on an education project expected to create a wealth of new opportunities for young people in the north of England and beyond.

The £34m scheme at Askham Bryan College near York will transform the campus and is the largest project ever undertaken in its 66-year history.

It will ultimately see the creation of a state of the art animal management centre with a wildlife and conservation area and a new equine centre.

There will also be new teaching and student accommodation, an engineering workshop, improvements to the college's farm and a glazed quadrangle area at the heart of the campus.

Principal Liz Philip said: “The start of work on this project is a significant milestone not only for the college but also for young people wanting to develop career paths into animal science and management.

“The centre will provide a wonderful working environment for our students, and hopefully it won't be too long before we are able to welcome the public in to see the new animals in the wildlife and conservation area.”

Askham Bryan College provides education for full and part time students through to honours degree level and specialises in courses in agriculture and land management.

Students from its centres across the north of England, including Scarborough, Guisborough and Newcastle, will also use the new centre for their studies.