Upskilling for growth and new challenges in 2015
January is always a busy month at Design Software Solutions and this year is no different
All of our training courses and bookable training days in January are already oversubscribed and we are already looking busy for February. Hence it’s no surprise to hear that we are recruiting once more.
Obviously that is good news for us, but more importantly, it’s good news for our clients and the industries we serve. It means that they are equipping themselves with the design tools and focused, relevant training to make 2015 a successful year for their own businesses. There is a real drive to upskill in construction related industries, as described at a recent talk I attended, by Stephen Radley, Director of Policy and strategic planning at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). According to Stephen, there is a shortfall in these industries leading to a need to recruit 200,000 people over the next 5 years. In addition, during that time a further 200,000 will be retiring, doubling the recruitment target at a stroke.
In particular, there is a need for focus on new skills such as digital construction and collaboration. In fact, the move towards Building Information Modelling (BIM) is forcing us all to review our processes as we move towards the deadline of 1st January 2016 for all Government funded projects to align with BIM Level 2.
Fortunately for us, collaboration has always been an ingredient in the development of the Vectorworks product suite and sharing of information, together with coordinated 2D drawings and 3D models, has been part of Vectorworks client projects for many years. Vectorworks users themselves are increasingly moving to the latest 2015 version of their chosen software. In addition, businesses who have historically used alternative offerings, spurred on by the need to remain competitive, are reviewing the options for best in class design tools with Vectorworks as one of the leading choices.
We have certainly seen a sizeable recruitment drive in the world of design this past year, but all design businesses, no matter in what industry, are looking to do more with less. That means not only using technology more, but understanding how people and technology can work better and more efficiently, with optimised workflows and work processes - and that is exactly where we have been helping our clients in 2014 and are continuing to do so in 2015.