Dundee and Angus College’s Kingsway Campus will be transformed thanks to a £5.4 million upgrade.
The project will see social spaces, digital resources, beauty and hairdressing facilities all being modernised. The training restaurant will also be revamped.
The Dundee and Angus Foundation secured the funding through grants from Capital Backlog Maintenance and the Scottish Funding Council.
Grant Ritchie, college principal, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce the start of this project and would like to thank our key funders. Young people in this region will benefit hugely from improved facilities for professional work-based learning.
“The investment will also help local firms get moving again after the lockdown and provide much needed employment opportunities.”
Building firm Robertson has been assigned as the main contractor for the work and the college has pledged to ensure most of the subcontracting goes to local firms in a bid to “stimulate the local economy”.
Cher Meldrum, college student president, said: “This project is going to be amazing for our students. With a more engaging and accessible layout the opportunities, professional setting and industry knowledge the students will gain will massively enhance their learning experience.
“Modernising the social spaces is giving us the chance to provide our students with not only a great place to learn but to be involved with more activities and have the family feel we strive for at Dundee and Angus College.”
Mary Crighton, Dundee and Angus College Foundation chairwoman, said: “The Foundation is very pleased to assist Dundee and Angus College with the upgrade of their premises at Kingsway campus, which will improve and enhance the learning experience for their students.”
Other upcoming college projects include working with the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc to introduce a skills academy on the site to develop training in low carbon transport, renewable energy and advanced engineering.
There is also plans for a new Stem centre to be built on the Kingsway Campus, but that project is still in the early stages.
Mr Ritchie added: “Colleges will be at the heart of economic recovery and are critical to introducing the new skills and training required to face the industries of the future.”