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Construx offers free training to laid-off developers

Construx Software is generously offering free training in software best practices to laid-off developers. Learn about the requirements for qualification, as well as the seminar topics.

Construx Software is generously offering free training in software best practices to laid-off developers. There are a few requirements for qualification: You must have been laid off after July 1, 2008, and you must have been working as a software development professional before you were let go. The company has set aside 25% of its seminar seats for this program on topics which include Software Project Management, Software Design, and Software Testing. For more details, check out the Software Professional Educational Assistance and Re-entry (SPEAR) program's page.

(If you're not familiar with Construx, check out the great white paper they wrote about classic software development mistakes that we recently featured.)

It's great to see a company trying to help others out in this tough economy. I truly hope that none of the readers of this space get laid-off, but if you do, here are some TechRepublic resources that might help you get through this difficult situation.

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Disclosure of Justin's industry affiliations: Justin James has a working arrangement with Microsoft to write an article for MSDN Magazine. He also has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides.


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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

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Does this sound like somthing that would be helpful to you? What do you think of this? Let us know. J.Ja


While the idea sounds benevolent, my guess is there will be more than 25% vacancies in the classes during a economic downturn. Nobody is going to fly to Washington for training (unless a company is paying for it). "Classroom" training in a downturned economy isn't going to be the way most people go. Formal training is a luxury or flourish. Most would read some books or maybe take "project work" instead of spending their days learning at a snails speed (unless of course they were getting paid to learn at that speed).