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AUTODESK INITIATIVE

FUTURE OF WORK

Autodesk is committed to helping current—and future—customers, workers, and communities thrive in the coming era of AI-driven automation.

What we believe

Automation technology is needed to help businesses and society meet the demands of our growing and urbanizing global population. We recognize that it also contributes to job disruptions—and that Autodesk has a responsibility to help workers adapt. We are committed to putting people at the center of this future of work transformation. Autodesk is investing in our customers, communities, and employees to help them navigate and thrive in this changing landscape.

Investing in customers

Autodesk is developing training and technologies to help workers learn new skills, collaborate with AI in new ways, earn professional credentials, and secure new jobs or future careers.

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Autodesk certification and credentials

Competition for (and among) talent is fierce. Autodesk provides industry-recognized certifications and credentials that help workers and their employers keep pace with rapidly evolving industries—and stay competitive.

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Human/machine collaboration

Autodesk Research is developing new techniques that pair the strength and precision of robots with the problem-solving insight of people. The Brickbot project exemplifies this kind of AI/human collaboration.

Investing in communities

Autodesk fosters collaborations across the workforce development space—commissioning research, and investing in solution-oriented organizations.

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NONPROFITS

Our foundation provides funding that helps organizations like JFFLabs and Hope Street Group tackle systemic workforce challenges.

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STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS

Autodesk offers free access to software, online courses, and more to students and educators seeking high-demand job skills.

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SKILLED TRADES

We support qualified trade union-affiliated programs to train, test, and certify members in fast-growing fields.

Autodesk supports government programs with training and technology

GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS

Autodesk provides training and technology at the U.S. federal government manufacturing institutes America Makes and MxD.

ASPEN INSTITUTE FUTURE OF WORK INITIATIVE ON AUTOMATION POLICY

MONITOR INSTITUTE BY DELOITTE ON BRIDGING THE SKILLS GAP

Investing in employees

We equip employees with mentorship programs, learning platforms, and more to ensure we have a highly motivated, diverse, and adaptable workforce to best serve our customers and communities.

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Current

Our company invests millions of dollars annually in our own employees through training programs to keep functional skills sharp, stay ahead of workplace trends, and develop leadership skills.

Autodesk’s Technology Center in San Francisco

Future

Autodesk is creating a future-focused plan to guide recruiting and training for the skills and competencies the company will need over the next one, three, five, and 10 years.

News and executive perspectives

View op-eds, speeches, and media coverage on Autodesk’s efforts to create a future of work that benefits people, business, and our society.

  • Will a smarter social safety net help us survive automation?

    Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost advocates for a publicly available universal basic support system—to help people who are displaced by automation to transition to new types of in-demand jobs.

  • Peering into the future of work at AU London

    This is a recap of Autodesk CMO Lisa Campbell’s speech at AU London 2019. She focused on the skills gap in British manufacturing and several initiatives underway to address the problem.

  • Automation is rewiring the future of work—the time for action is now

    The Aspen Institute’s Alastair Fitzpayne and Autodesk Foundation Executive Director Joe Speicher wrote this op-ed for The Hill. They cover the steps that employers, workers, educators, and policy makers must take to better prepare for the ways automation is reshaping our economy and work trends.

  • Closing the skills gap

    Autodesk Foundation Executive Director Joe Speicher spoke at the MIT Technology Review 2019 “EmTech Next” conference in Cambridge, MA. Based on research into the skills gaps in the manufacturing and construction industries, Speicher outlines an eight-part framework for action that goes well beyond the typical focus on re-skilling workers.

  • The future of work and automation will kick-start jobs, not kill them

    Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost outlines why he believes that automation and robots may kill some jobs but will end up doing more to create new jobs and even whole new industries.