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The Autodesk Assistance Programme has been launched to provide design software tools, education and resources to help redundant professionals enhance their 3D design technology abilities.

It offers free student software term licences, enabling participants to experience the latest product releases, free online training and reduced-cost formal training and certification.

The tools and resources will be made available through an online portal where users can access a free software licence, any 13-month term student licence of selected Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Inventor Professional, AutoCAD Civil 3D and 3DS Max.

The programme will also include on-demand online training available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Many Autodesk authorised training centre (ATC) partners are offering classroom training at their training facilities either free or at a reduced fee.

Classes and fees are subject to scheduling and availability.

Certification preparation and exams are available at discounted rates through Autodesk authorised certification centres.

The programme also includes free access to Autodesk University Online: a web portal with more than 1,000 recorded sessions.

The Autodesk Assistance Programme is available until 31 March 2010 and is open to anyone who has worked in the architecture, engineering, design or manufacturing industry but is currently unemployed.

Those eligible should visit the Autodesk website to register and click on the ‘Training’ tab to locate their nearest authorised training centre and certification centre.

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We are committed to partnering with the private and public sector, industry leaders, educators, and environmentally focused organizations to create a forum to initiate sustainable design dialogue and increase awareness among the global community. It is our hope that through these collective efforts and Autodesk’s technology, we will help architects, engineers, and designers create a more sustainable world.

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