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Upskill your employees with engineering or information technology qualifications

Supported by the Australian Government, UniSA can boost your organisation’s information technology and engineering capabilities

UniSA Online is a provider for the Women in STEM Cadetship and Advanced Apprenticeship Program, supported by the Federal Government.

Through this initiative your employees can upskill by studying the Associate Degree in Information Technology or Associate Degree in Engineering, 100% online, alongside their paid employment. Study is expected to be part-time for most of the program. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to employers (per employee, per year) to support employees undertaking study.

Our 100% online, career-focused degrees give our students, your employees, full control and ultimate flexibility over their study to fit around their existing work and life commitments. They can access and view learning resources 24/7, get support seven days a week, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time.

And they’ll be studying at one of Australia’s leading universities for Engineering research1 and ranked #3 in Australia for work-ready graduates in IT2. Your employees will be able to apply their new knowledge and skills directly to their roles, bringing the benefits back into your business immediately.

Take part in this unique opportunity to upskill your employees, supported by the Australian Government. Employee places are limited, so register your interest today.

To register your interest as an employer, please complete the form below.

Register your interest

1 UniSA's Engineering research rated well above world-class – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
2 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Computing and Information Systems – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities.
3 2022 QS star rankings

100% online - no need to come onto campus

Designed specifically for online learning

Finish each course in 10 weeks

Access expert academic and tutor support seven days a week

Receive dedicated student adviser support

24/7 access to learning resources

Overall 5 star plus rating for excellence3

Enhance your organisation’s engineering and information technology capabilities with UniSA Online

Associate Degree in Engineering

As one of Australia's leading universities for engineering research, your UniSA Online course content is informed by the latest advancements in the field.

This two-year foundational qualification equips students with knowledge and skills across a broad range of disciplines including essential maths, physics and chemistry as well as concepts integral to civil, electrical and mechanical engineering disciplines. Through an industry-focused, project-based practical approach to learning using current software to design, process data, manage projects and more, you’ll gain the skills to hit the ground running in high-level technical and management roles across a range of fields.

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UniSA Video

Watch Liz Smith give an insight into what the Engineering degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

Associate Degree in Information Technology

Study with a university ranked #3 in Australia for work-ready graduates in IT3.

Jump start your employee’s IT career with this two-year qualification, where they’ll learn the IT fundamentals like computer hardware and software systems, basic programming and cloud concepts, as well as data analytics and cyber security principles. Inspired by UniSA’s world-class research in Information Technology4 and Computing and Information Systems5, students benefit from the integration of research discoveries into the course curriculum and use the latest technology and software so they can hit the ground running when they graduate.

3 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Computing and Information Systems – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities.
4 Results in Information and Computing Sciences -2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
5 Results in Distributed Computing and Information Systems -2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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UniSA Video

Dr Grant Wigley, Program Director: UniSA STEM gives an insight into what Information Technology degrees are about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

How does the program work?


To apply for this program the employee must identify as a woman, be in paid employment, and be supported by their employer.

Employees will need to:

  • Meet UniSA Online’s eligibility criteria for program enrolment
  • Submit their application ahead of study commencement
  • Pay their tuition fees*

* Employees may apply for a FEE-Help loan to pay all or part of their tuition, or their employer may use all of the Women in STEM program funding to cover tuition fees.

Employers must be willing to:

  • Support the employee in studying alongside their paid employment
  • Enter an arrangement with UniSA confirming their commitment to support their employee. The employee will then take up an ‘Employer Reserved Place’ for their studies connected to this agreement
  • Only use the funds provided to support the employee in their study.

Program admissions process 


  1. Register your organisation’s interest by filling in the Employer interest form.
  2. Our team will assess your organisation’s eligibility and get in touch with more information for you and your employee.


Once your organisation’s eligibility has been assessed, they will be provided further information and instructions to guide your application to study with UniSA Online. Please note the key dates here.

Study period Commencement dates Student application due date EOI from employer due date#
6 18th Sept 2023 6th Sept 2023 6th Aug 2023
1* 8th Jan 2024 13th Dec 2023 13th Nov 2023
3* 1st April 2024 20th March 2024 20th Feb 2024
4* 24th June 2024 13th June 2024 13th May 2024

#Expression of interest from employer due date
*Please note that some full-time study may be required for students to complete their Associate Degree within funding timelines.

The full schedule of key dates for students is here

Financial grant and employee study support

Employers participating in Women in STEM Cadetships and Advanced Apprenticeships Program will be provided financial support from the Commonwealth Government. Up to $5,000 per employee, per year is available and these funds must be used to support employees’ participation in the program. Use of funds can include, but is not limited to:

  • Reimbursing employee expenses related to tuition fees
  • Helping with associated program administration
  • Provide study equipment and resources.

More information on how funds can be used is available at the Department of Education website.

Time commitment

UniSA Online’s Associate Degree in Information Technology and Associate Degree in Engineering are both two-year qualifications. To qualify for the Women in STEM Cadetship Program financial support, employees must successfully complete their degree by 30 June 2027. It is expected students will study part-time as much as possible.

Employees will learn across four 10-week terms a year, with one course/subject per term considered part-time study. We recommend 10 to 15 hours of study per week for each course. Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. Find out more about UniSA Online’s flexible study.

Employer interest form

Please do not complete this form if you are an employee; this form is for body corporate employers.

For general enquiries regarding the Women in STEM Program, please email

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UniSA’s Engineering research rated well above world-class – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



Ranked #10, ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Overall Quality of Educational Experience Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities.



Ranked #8, ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Computing and Information Systems – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities.



Commencing UniSA Online Students, 2022 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey – Teaching Quality Indicator (Undergraduate, Domestic, External Study Mode Students).



Ranked 4th, 2020 Department of Education, Skills and Employment – Commencing Domestic Bachelor Degree Students (External).