Plans for one of two high speed rail national college campuses are a step closer to fruition after Doncaster City Council donated land for the project.

The council’s cabinet agreed on Wednesday (January 7) to offer the 5.1-acre Carolina Way site as its contribution to the project, one of the first to be announced under the government’s national colleges programme.

Along with a headquarters in Birmingham, the college campus in Doncaster will train apprentices and other learners for the HS2 rail development, which will see journey times between London and northern cities cut.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said: “We fought hard to bring the national high speed rail college to Doncaster and it will be one of the most important investments in the borough for many years, providing fantastic opportunities for local people to secure highly skilled, well-paid engineering and manufacturing jobs.”

The council said that as well as being involved in shaping the college and its curriculum, it would project manage the construction of the campus, which is expected to start in 2017.

Other national colleges are due to be established to train people for the nuclear, fracking, digital skills, advanced manufacturing, wind energy and creative and cultural industries.