New Innovation Space Open At South West TAFE

Entrepreneurs and students in Warrnambool now have access to a new tech-enabled, collaborative working space at South West TAFE thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education Gayle Tierney today opened The Hive Entrepreneurial Incubator Space — a new co-working space on South West TAFE’s Warrnambool campus where local businesses and entrepreneurs can connect and work with local students.

The Labor Government contributed $440,000 to develop the Hive which includes a podcast studio, Wi-Fi, a meeting room, collaboration space, mail facilities and function space.

During the visit, community members had their say on what they would like to see in the new South West TAFE Learning and Library Hub.

The new hub in the heart of Warrnambool will be open to the community and include public computers, exhibition and display areas, places to study, meeting rooms, and a games and digital media zone.

The Government is contributing more than $17 million to the $20.25 million project, delivered in partnership with the Warrnambool City Council.

Since 2015, the Government has committed more than $1.3 billion to rebuild our TAFE system and ensure students can get the skills they need for the jobs they want.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney

 “The Hive will provide more training opportunities and career options for students and entrepreneurs in Warrnambool.”

“These skills and connections will help students get the local jobs they want without leaving their community.”

Quote attributable to South West TAFE CEO Mark Fidge

The new incubator space called the HIVE and the soon to be built Learning and Library Hub is the start of an exciting future for education in our region.”