By Nick Harris
One observation we often hear from our customers is that new starters that have recently completed courses in either further or higher education haven’t learnt the software skills that they need to be productive from day one. Often they have completed modules that give them an appreciation of how design tools, like Autodesk Revit, are benefiting businesses but not always how they are used in practice. Of course, forward thinking organisations use our training services as part of a structured on-boarding plan. However, it is not uncommon for bright young starters to be left to fend for themselves when they first start using Revit in their new job.
To help tackle this industry wide problem we have entered into a partnership with Autodesk and Risual, a provider of technology services to education, to develop centres of excellence in selected further education colleges. We are working with these colleges to implement course modules that deliver Revit skills that are fit for work. Risual are using their experience with delivering similar Microsoft skills to select and equip the most suitable colleges in each Local Enterprise Partnership region and Autodesk are providing their suites of design software. The first of these centres of excellence has just been launched at Derby (FE) College which has already found great success with the Microsoft equivalent.
Derby College Business Development Director April Hayhurst said:
“We work with a wide range of employers across all sectors to ensure they have the skills in place both now and in the future through our wide range of programmes from further education and apprenticeships to higher education and management training.
“Our continued partnership with risual will enable our own students and apprentices to have access to the latest software that will enhance their study programmes and better prepare them for the world of work.
“The new facilities will also be greatly welcomed by local and regional employers as part of their workforce development programmes to upskill their staff and increase their competitive edge.” (Building Construction Design, 2016).
Plans are in place to extend this format to more than 50 other colleges around the country with the intention that the format and content are tailored to the local businesses needs.
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(Building Construction Design, 2016) http://www.buildingconstructiondesign.co.uk/news/derby-college-launches-risual-autodesk-academy-to-tackle-skills-shortage-in-construction/