Aspiring engineers will have access to a subsidised university qualification, thanks to a grant awarded to Uni Hub Spencer Gulf.
Funding through the State Government means students enrolling through Uni Hub into the Associate Degree in Engineering will be eligible to receive a grant to cover almost half the tuition costs of the core subjects.
Uni Hub Chief Executive Officer Anita Crisp said the financial assistance recognises growth across the energy, construction, mining and manufacturing sectors in the region, with engineers in strong demand as the local economy transitions.
“Current and future shortages in professional and technical engineering skills have been consistently identified as an issue by local employers,” she said.
“Being able to offer a heavily subsidised university-level engineering qualification is a significant milestone that will help the region grow its own skilled workforce.”
“We’ve already had a great response from local engineering employers who are looking to support their existing workers to undertake the qualification, and there is growing interest from school leavers who are considering engineering as a study and career option.”
Ms Crisp explained CQ University Australia was selected by the Uni Hub’s industry advisory panel to deliver the degree, following extensive negotiations with several universities.
“CQU has a strong track record in engineering and has worked with us to specifically tailor the course structure to meet the needs of the region. It’s a fantastic qualification that combines academic excellence and rigour with a strong focus on practical, industry experience that will result in work-ready engineering graduates.”
“Academic lectures are delivered online by the university, but students studying through Uni Hub will receive additional support including local tutorials, access to our study centres and coordination of local industry placements and technical lab sessions.”
Anyone interested in enrolling for 2021 or finding out more can contact the Uni Hub team.