Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, and Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, have announced TAFE NSW Ultimo campus as the location for the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE). The SSE is a unique partnership between 12 tertiary institutions (11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW) which was launched with a $25 million investment by the NSW Government.
“Innovation is the cornerstone of jobs growth in NSW and we are embedding the SSE in TAFE so skilled students and upcoming entrepreneurs can access education, information and networks, placing NSW in a leading position, not just domestically, but also internationally,” said Mr Barilaro.
The SSE will provide access to practical training, support and mentoring for up to 1000 students a year as part of their degree or TAFE course.
“The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship will become an innovation powerhouse for NSW, driving our economy and creating job opportunities,” said Mr Roberts.
SSE Chief Executive Officer, Nick Kaye, has returned to Australia to take up the role.
“The building and the school itself will create a bigger common stage and ideal conditions for a new generation of local entrepreneurs to thrive,” Mr Kaye said.
Founding academic partners include Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW, University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University.
Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University, Prof Andrew Vann, said: “Innovation is an increasingly important element of education and for universities in NSW to come together and be part of such a collaborative and ground-breaking initiative is a hugely positive and progressive move for the future of students and the state.”