A shortage of engineering skills in regional south Australia has prompted a move to improve the local workforce.
In a major achievement for the region, Uni Hub Spencer Gulf will now deliver an Associate Degree in Engineering.
Uni Hub chief executive officer Anita Crisp said shortages in professional and technical engineering skills have been consistently identified as an issue.
"With growth across the energy, construction, mining and manufacturing sectors, engineers will continue to be in strong demand as our economy transitions," she said.
"Uni Hub has been working with local businesses and universities for close to a year to make an engineering qualification available in the region."
Uni Hub's new degree has been welcomed by engineering employers in the region, including Oz Minerals and Max Cranes.
Oz Mineral's General Manager Carrapateena Myles Johnston said the company prioritises local procurement and seeks to create enduring and sustainable value for host communities.
"We welcome the Uni Hub Spencer Gulf as it can provide a local pathway for professional and technical engineering skills and strengthen the region's capability," he said.
Max Cranes' Sarah Joyce said the blend of academic and project-based learning provided by the qualification was attractive to both employers and employees.
"As the degree is specifically designed for people who are already in the industry, we see this as a great opportunity to support our employees who want to expand their skill sets and take on the next challenge in their professional career.
"The end result will be that we have a work-ready engineering graduate."