In 2021, we proudly partnered with ACFA as Technology Training partner and since then, multiple cohorts of apprentices have learnt PYTHA 3D CAD software as a part of their competency requirements.

While learning PYTHA, students are provided with online self paced training, live training sessions and a three month PYTHA licence. They must output works using the software, which is evaluated by the ACFA assessors.

CAD proficiency goes beyond a mere learning requirement.  By equipping woodworking apprentices with PYTHA skills, employers are future proofing a well-resourced woodworking industry.

Factory floors can be busy though, and committing the time for on the job learning can be challenging. That’s why in this article, we highlight five wide-reaching business benefits to ensuring woodworking apprentices have the time and  opportunity to learn, practice, and develop their PYTHA skills.

1. Better job understanding: Teaching apprentices PYTHA equips them with a powerful CAD tool for planning and visualising projects. Whether they are cabinet makers, furniture makers, or joiners, PYTHA allows them to apply their practical trade craft on the screen. They can try different construction ideas, ensure precise measurements, make changes easily, and create detailed virtual models. Modelling jobs in this way also fosters creativity and innovation, enabling apprentices to contribute fresh ideas and solutions to the work environment.

2. Working smarter for quality finishes: CAD helps automate production processes, reduce errors and rework, and optimise material usage; resulting in higher-quality finished products and savings in time and costs for employers. When apprentices understand these principles by learning PYTHA, they can apply this knowledge and interpret written drawings and instruction whether modelling, knocking up cabinets or installing on site.

3. Adaptability: Allowing time for apprentices to learn PYTHA ensures that the workforce is ready to embrace advancing technologies. PYTHA proficiency serves as a foundation for integrating technologies such as CNC machines, automated woodworking tools, 3D printing, laser cutting and more. Expanding apprentices’ skill sets means employer businesses are adaptable and agile, and can keep up with industry changes – all keys for long-term business success.

4. Communication Skills: When apprentices work with PYTHA, they can easily share and interpret job files with colleagues, other trades and suppliers. Improved communication and collaboration leads to effective teamwork, better project outcomes, reduced errors, and a more cohesive work environment. This benefits both employers and experienced tradespeople working with apprentices, fostering a positive work atmosphere.

5. Retaining Talent: In today’s woodworking industry, proficiency in CAD software is highly valued. And in a highly competitive job market, employer support for mandatory PYTHA training is a significant draw card for motivated apprentices. Providing apprentices with opportunities to learn and work with PYTHA demonstrates an employer’s commitment to the professional growth and development of their workforce. This goes a long way toward retaining talent not only within your business, but within the industry at large.

It’s so important to develop the capability of our young tradespeople to work with technology. This is how we can work together to future proof our industry.

If you have an apprentice who is learning PYTHA, we encourage you to collaborate with that person so they can make best use of the temporary licence they’re issued, the learning opportunities with our trainers and on the job learning opportunities.

If you’d like to explore how PYTHA can bring value to your business longer term, please get in touch. We’d be happy to come and see you.