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Old dogs learn new tricks

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The Construction CPD Certification Service has launched a free skills framework and a new CAD and IT Training Division. The skills framework (which can be downloaded at www. cpduk. co. uk) is designed to help construction organisations identify the CAD and IT training needs of all employees, from administration to senior management.

The developments are in response to an industry-wide research study.

In order to assess the level of IT competence among employees,600 construction organisations across sectors, including architecture, were sampled. Alarmingly, the findings suggested that people were 'generally ignorant of computers and their technology'.

Final published statistics revealed that 70 per cent of those questioned did not know how to integrate their CAD and IT systems, and, of all groups, it was principals, directors and senior managers who had the least CAD knowledge. Fortunately for those with red faces, help is at hand. Courses on offer include principles of CAD/IT and drawing, and document storing and archiving.

Find out more by contacting David Clarke on 020 8840 4383.

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