Autodesk expands learning resources to bolster digital skills for construction crews in the office, in the trailer, and in the field

The construction labor shortage and the digital skills gap are global challenges. According at the last annual survey by Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk, 89% of US construction companies struggle to fill hourly positions and 86% struggle to fill salaried positions. Sixty-one percent of companies surveyed said their projects were delayed due to labor shortages. Overall, according to a recent Basic research survey mandated by Autodesk with 300 construction professionals in Irelandmost professionals attributed their recruitment difficulties to the lack of skilled labor available (59%) and a subset of this group (43%) believe that labor is available, but efforts recruiting companies are failing to attract the right talent.

To help customers and the broader construction industry address the challenges of the digital skills gap, Autodesk has launched two new programs: Construction Master Class and Autodesk Construction Cloud Learning Center.

Building master class provides online tutorials from industry leaders that are free for everyone. Hosted by top construction experts, the videos provide practical information to give attendees the best practices for workflow and career advancement. Construction Master Class allows viewers to hear directly from industry leaders and Autodesk experts on how to achieve critical project results such as better cost control, improved quality and workflow management. standardized field collaboration work – all through a mix of personal stories, use cases, and “what not to do” examples.

Autodesk Construction Cloud Learning Center offers easy-to-follow courses, free for everyone, and translated into five languages ​​on using Autodesk Construction Cloud products, including Autodesk Build, Autodesk Takeoff, and Autodesk Docs. Learning paths include videos that provide specific, hands-on instruction on using Autodesk Construction Cloud solutions to excel at digital construction skills such as setting up project models, tracking issues, managing workflows RFI and submission and collaboration with project members. Since the Learning Center launched in spring 2021, there have been over 42,000 course registrations from 134 countries.

Autodesk has also implemented several other initiatives to help develop the technological acumen of current construction workers and encourage a new and diverse set of workers to join the profession. These include:

  • The Autodesk Membership Training Provider Program: More than 215 unions and industry associations are now enrolled in Autodesk’s program to increase members’ digital skills. MTP training centers receive Autodesk software products, such as Autodesk Construction Cloud and Revit, for an annual subscription license fee. Program benefits enhance BIM and CAD training efforts at current training sites and enable new sites to offer enhanced training initiatives with Autodesk technology.
  • from Autodesk make it real program: A community education program encouraging young people to apply design thinking to real-world issues related to construction and the built environment. The program provides opportunities for inspiration, learning and funding, including this year, $50,000 value of micro-grants provided through the Build Changemakers Giveaway. Recipients decide for themselves how to apply the funds where they are needed most, such as expenses to support training – ranging from tuition and certification to safety equipment and childcare.

“As we have all keenly felt, the industry faces major hurdles when it comes to hiring and retaining labor and skilled trades workers,” said Ronald McGuire, Program Officer at the International Training Institute. “There is a huge demand not only for the workforce itself, but also for workers who have digital skills under their belts. Project-ready professionals must be adept at using technology on the jobsite and in the trailer, as well as in the office. Autodesk’s learning resources will allow us to improve the skills of current members and provide new members with the right tools to get up to speed quickly.”

“The labor shortage in the construction industry will only worsen as the current workforce retires, with approximately 41% of current U.S. construction professionals expected to age by 2031, according to McKinsey,” McKinsey said. Allison Scott, director of customer experience and industry promotion at Autodesk. “Our clients constantly express concerns that although there is an influx of new projects and new roles, the industry is not bringing in enough people to meet their growing needs or develop the right skills. Autodesk’s Learn to Build initiatives are used to help companies scale rapidly, so they can stay competitive and stay ahead of the game as the industry digitally transforms.”

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