New learning facilities have been unveiled at Northumberland College as part of a £9.5million investment.
Business leaders were invited to the college’s Kirkley Hall Campus near Ponteland on Thursday to view its new arboriculture and tractor workshops, learning resource centre and teaching block.
College principal Marcus Clinton said: “Kirkley Hall has gone from strength to strength since I arrived five years ago.
“The latest investment reinforces the opportunities we give to our students to work in real commercial environments, in addition to the excellent commercial facilities that are already in place, like the zoo.
“This reflects our dedication as a college to ensure the curriculum’s facilities are continually shaped to meet employers’ needs and get students into work.”
Kirkley Hall is a member of Landex, which represents colleges and universities that offer specialist land-based courses. Its chief executive Chris Moody officially opened the latest facilities.
He said: “When land-based colleges ask Landex where they can see examples of outstanding improvement, we point them to Kirkley Hall.
“The mix of education and commercial activities provides a strong economic model and a great learning environment.
“It has been a pleasure to open the new facilities and the developments to the campus since I last visited have been remarkable.”