Bentley Systems unveils education programme to place students on the path to infrastructure careers

Bentley Systems has announced the Bentley Education programme, which encourages the development of future infrastructure professionals for careers in engineering, design, and architecture. The Bentley Education programme is initially available in the UK, Australia, Singapore, Ireland and Lithuania, with plans to expand to the US, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and India by mid-summer.

The Bentley Education programme helps students develop digital skills, which are critical for a qualified talent pipeline to support infrastructure growth and resilience worldwide

The programme’s student and educator entitlements include learning licenses for Bentley infrastructure engineering applications and learnings through the new Bentley Education portal. Students and educators from around the globe can register on the Education portal and connect to infrastructure organisations and resources to prepare for and to recruit for infrastructure engineering careers.

The Bentley Education portal provides a single source for an on-demand experience for students as they build and enhance their digital design skills. Students and educators have access to comprehensive resources, including:

  • Insights from AEC professionals, sharing what the industry has to offer students and skills that are in demand;
  • The latest news and emerging trends in architecture, engineering, and construction; and
  • Firsthand perspective of current engineering students, mentors, and women in infrastructure engineering.

The programme offers access to learning licenses of over 40 of Bentley’s applications used by infrastructure professionals around the globe, including ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenRoads Designer, STAAD.Pro, and Synchro.

The programme is designed to create talent that can rise to the challenge of improving quality of life and positively changing the world using Bentley infrastructure engineering software, applications, and proven learnings. The Bentley Education programme will also help students develop digital skills, which are critical for a qualified talent pipeline to support infrastructure growth and resilience worldwide.

The Bentley Education programme uses a role-based learning approach, allowing future infrastructure professionals to focus on specific capabilities needed for specific professions. Students can go beyond mere product proficiency and develop an understanding of skillsets required to excel in various roles in infrastructure engineering.

Katriona Lord-Levins, chief success officer for Bentley Systems, said: “With many nations and institutions committing to infrastructure and digital education initiatives as top priorities for a post-pandemic world, we are excited to launch this much-requested and responsive programme now. We want to inspire and encourage students to learn about infrastructure engineering as a possible career path, and to introduce these young minds to the vast opportunities that lie ahead, with infrastructure going digital.”

The Bentley Education portal also serves as a gateway for individual students or teams of two to submit their innovative concepts for Bentley’s Future Infrastructure Star Challenge 2021. The global competition is open to students from community colleges, polytechnics institutes, and universities. Students advancing in the challenge, based on their ideas that improve quality of life, will work on modeling, simulation, and visualisation to develop a design model. The winner of the Future Infrastructure Star Challenge will be announced during the Going Digital Awards at the Year in Infrastructure 2021 Conference.

Vinayak Trivedi, vice-president for Bentley Education, concluded: “We want to make the Bentley Education portal the place where students can go to learn about and become inspired to make infrastructure engineering their career choice. The goal of the programme is to help students who are passionate about infrastructure to get a jump-start on a fulfilling career. The Future Infrastructure Star Challenge 2021 provides an opportunity for them to be creative and innovative in project designs for improving the quality of life and positively changing the world.”