Bentley’s “Be Employable” Initiative Provides Free Software and Training to Help Sustain Infrastructure Professions

EXTON, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 23, 2009— Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today launched its Be Employable initiative to help in sustaining the infrastructure professions. Be Employable is an innovative addition to Bentley’s Be Careers Network designed to help outplaced architectural, engineering, construction, and geospatial professionals update and upgrade their technology skill sets, giving them a significant competitive edge in today’s challenging job market. It provides free access to Bentley’s comprehensive software portfolio and training as well as the ability to earn learning units from the Bentley Institute, Bentley’s training organization. A learning unit is earned for each hour of self-paced or instructor-led learning content completed. By taking advantage of these offerings, Be Employable participants will be better positioned as top candidates for employment opportunities across a broad spectrum of projects. Moreover, once back in the workforce, they will be able to deliver greater value to their new employers.

The enhanced Be Careers Network Resume Center, which can be found on the Be Communities networking site ( http://communities.bentley.com), connects recent graduates entering the infrastructure disciplines and students seeking internships with hiring managers. Outplaced infrastructure professionals who have improved their skills using the Be Employable initiative can also use the Resume Center to connect with these same organizations.

The new Be Employable initiative makes the following tools available to any outplaced infrastructure professional throughout 2009:

  • Access to Bentley’s V8i software portfolio for noncommercial use,
  • Instructor-led online distance learning to eliminate the travel time and cost of traditional training,
  • OnDemand eLearning for self-paced learning,
  • Comprehensive learning transcripts to help maintain professional accreditation.

Malcolm Walter, COO, Bentley Systems, said, “Worldwide, the infrastructure community is facing the relentless pressures of a difficult economy, and downsizing of design and engineering organizations has become widespread. Bentley’s mission of ‘sustaining infrastructure’ encompasses the need to ‘sustain the professions’ that design, build, and operate our infrastructure, and the Be Employable program is designed to do just that.”

Walter continued, “We conceived our Be Employable initiative to help transitioning infrastructure professionals overcome these challenges by giving them the opportunity to advance their software know-how for advantage in the job market. To extend its reach, we will encourage downsizing user organizations to make outgoing colleagues aware of the Be Employable opportunity. In addition, we will promote its availability to professional architectural, engineering, construction, and geospatial associations so they can extend Be Employable to members seeking new positions. Ultimately, our goal is to help enable as many infrastructure professionals as possible to resume rewarding careers as easily and quickly as possible.”

For additional information about Bentley’s Be Employable initiative or for individuals, infrastructure organizations, and professional associations interested in pre-registering, visit www.bentley.com/beemployable.

Bentley’s Be Careers Network Resume Center provides one-stop recruiting for AEC organizations searching for highly skilled recent graduates, students, and outplaced professionals looking for their next success.

Charlie McGowan, structural designer’s lead, Mississauga hub, Hatch Associates, said, “The Be Careers Network Resume Center gives infrastructure organizations access to a veritable treasure trove of talented candidates.”

Participants post their skills, background, and career objectives at no charge on the Resume Center using a specially designed web form. Hiring managers at infrastructure organizations in the solution communities served by Bentley (including roads, bridges, rail and transit, campuses, factories, buildings, power generation, mining and metals, oil and gas, water and wastewater, electric and gas utilities, communications, and cadastre and land development) can search through this information free of charge. Their searches can be by targeted categories to help them quickly zero in on talent with the right technology training and experience for their current project needs.

To access the newly enhanced Resume Center, visit http://communities.bentley.com/resumecenter.

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators are indispensable in improving our world and our quality of life; the company’s mission is to improve the performance of their projects and of the assets they design, build, and operate. Bentley sustains the infrastructure professions by helping to leverage information technology, learning, best practices, and global collaboration – and by promoting careers devoted to this crucial work.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,800 colleagues, offices in more than 50 countries, annual revenues surpassing $500 million, and since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Nearly 90 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms are Bentley subscribers, and a 2008 Daratech study ranked Bentley as the world’s #2 provider of geospatial software solutions.

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