Over the last several years there have been numerous reports and articles discussing the increasing skilled labour gap, that is being fueled by the retiring baby boomers. The industry leaders have known of this pending problem, yet haven’t seemed to be able to deal with it effectively. Here at Designfusion, with the help from Siemens PLM Software, we are attempting to help reduce the gap by focusing on the next generation of skilled workers.
To do this, we are offering all High Schools, free Solid Edge Educational software. This includes full blown network licenses of Solid Edge, educational curriculum, web and online support for teachers, and, space permitting, free training for teachers. Plus, any registered student can obtain a free Student version of Solid Edge, even if his or her school is not teaching Solid Edge. To learn more about the free student license you can visit https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/academic/resources/solid-edge/index.shtml.
How will this help reduce the skilled labour gap? It has been our experience, that by introducing Computer Aided Design (CAD) to high school students,
we capture their interest early and increase their chances of having them enroll in design and engineering programs, in college and university. For
example, we received a letter from a local Technological Design Teacher, where he writes;
‘After completing a manual drafting unit, I introduce the students to Solid Edge and they are simply amazed at how quickly they can design 3D objects. Once they discover that Solid Edge generates orthographic views and proper dimensions their reactions are absolutely priceless as they all question why we even had to use a T-square in the first place! All of a sudden, they think designing is "cool" and they can't wait to take the software home and show their friends and family. Since using Solid Edge in my classroom I've had visits from guidance counselors and other teachers wondering what all the "buzz" is about.’
We have heard similar stories from others teachers. We believe that the “buzz” generated in the High Schools will lead to more students seeking potential careers in the CAD/CAM industry. This not only feeds an industry need, but hopefully, it will also provide future employees for our existing customers.
But offering this program and getting it accepted by Schools and teachers are two different matters. Sadly, many teachers are unaware or unwilling to accept this amazing offer. For those who are unaware, we are hopefully rectifying that problem with an ongoing campaign to let them know about the Solid Edge Educational offering. For the others, some prefer old, outdated software, because they know how to use and teach it. Others may be close to retirement themselves and do not wish to learn the newest technology. While others may be told what to teach by individuals with higher authority.
It is for these reasons that I am writing this blog. You the reader can help us get Solid Edge into the schools. If your company uses Solid Edge, share this article with your local High School(s). If possible, offer summers jobs to students who have learned Solid Edge in High School. If you have children attending High School, have them share this article with their technical teacher(s). If you are an educator, please visit the site: https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/academic/resources/solid-edge/educators/. Along with a High School program, Solid Edge also offers programs for Middle Schools and for Colleges and Universities. More information on these programs can be obtained from the same link; https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/academic/resources/solid-edge/educators/.
Some may say that this program is self-serving. That we are simply trying to put our software in front of students to secure future sales. Before questioning our motives, I ask that you do your research. Solid Edge has the newest and most innovative technology on the market today. Our focus has always been on technology, and the industry is noticing. For example, this recent article that appeared on Engineering.com, discusses our advanced technology:
Furthermore, students seem to prefer learning on Solid Edge:
"We did a comparison with Solid Works, and students preferred Solid Edge because they could learn it quicker.":
We have the technology, we have the tools, and we are willing to give them to High School teachers for free. All they have to do is accept our offer. If you the reader can help get this message across to your local High Schools, we thank you.
For more information on any educational offerings from Siemens PLM Software and Designfusion, please contact John Pearson at [email protected] or call us at 416-267-5542 or 1-888-567-3933.