A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Silverstone Circuit to mark the start of work on a new £10 million University Technical College (UTC).
The Silverstone UTC is due to open in September next year and will offer students aged 14 to 19 the chance to gain skills and experience needed for careers in high performance engineering and technical events management.
The UTC is an educational partnership between Tresham College of Further and Higher Education, University of Northampton and Silverstone Circuits and will attract students from the Northamptonshire area.
It will cater for 576 students and 55 staff and will house workshops, laboratories, and an exhibition hall.
Robert Emery, director of external projects for Tresham College, said 130 students had already signed up and it was hoped 250 students would start the first academic year at the college.
He said: “This is a great milestone in the project. It is time to celebrate what we have achieved over the past 18 months.
“The college will help promote employability by merging technical and academic skills. There will be a strong focus on employer engagement.”