Autodesk Assistance Program announced for Engineers

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Hot on the heels of SolidWorks’ Engineering Stimulus Package, Autodesk has launched its Assistance Program for customers who find themselves displaced from work. To enable the ‘fallen’ to keep up their CAD skills, or learn new packages, the deal extends 13 month access to existing Student Edition software of AutoCAD and Inventor Professional, with online training and a path to certification.

Autodesk is also offering the access to Architects and Civil Engineers with Revit and Civil 3D.

The deal includes 24/7 access to online training provided by online vBooks. There will also be offers of reduced fee or free training from authorised training centres. With recently introduced certification and qualifications for its applications this training will assist candidates in achieving recognised industry qualifications.

Again the initial foray for this will be in North America and will be rolled out across all geographies in the coming months.

There is a strong and positive reaction coming from the software vendors to the current financial mess. While it has taken a little while to gain momentum, there is now free access to most of the most popular product development tools to unemployed or retired folks that may be forced back into seeking work.

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