Work on a multi-million pound new centre at Runshaw College is underway.
The site, on Euxton Lane, Euxton, has been flattened and cleared to make way for a training centre of excellence.
The diggers have moved in to create the foundations for the new £6.5m science and engineering innovation centre.
Packed with state-of-the art facilities, it is expected to be ready by September 2016.
It will house cutting-edge labs and workshops, accommodating up to 400 students across a range of engineering and science programmes.
The college got funding from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership to help get the project off the ground.
The two-storey building will be used by students on the college’s new science and engineering two-year “career degrees”.
Employers will be able to use the facilities, including the labs and 3D printing equipment, and will also be able to work alongside and network with other employers, through the college’s strategic training and skills board.
Deputy principal Claire Foreman said the centre should help to boost the local economy and transform the employability of those studying science and engineering.
She added: “Lancashire has the largest concentration of aerospace production and high technology manufacturing in the UK and these sectors are anticipated to grow over the next few years.
“Similarly, the need for qualified science professionals is predicted to increase, with demand in particular in pharmacology, physiology, biotechnology, drug metabolism, toxicology and pathology.”