Solid Edge ST5 has a couple of offers that allow you to use it for free.
If you are a commercial user, there is a 45 day trial (http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/velocity/solidedge/free-solid-edge.shtml) that gives you full featured access in a time limited fashion and it’s intended purpose is for evaluation towards a purchase. If this is something you are interested in, don’t hesitate to talk to a reseller and if you are a current SolidWorks user, there are some trade-in deals at this time that seem pretty good (https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/campaigns/solid-edge-promo/index.cfm?)
If you are a student, there is a student version (https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/about_us/goplm/arc/se-academic/solid-edge-student.cfm?) that gives you full featured access with one exception… All files saved in this version are marked as being authored in a student version and cannot be opened in a commercial version and the drawings have a water mark that marks them as such too.
Whatever you choose to do, there are learning tools built into Solid Edge. Just look under Help and check out the Tutorials and the Self Paced Training.
You can also talk to a reseller about classroom training too if you wish and some provide free webinars you can attend over lunch such as AllyPLM’s Lunch Byte series (http://allyplm.com/solidedgetutorials/). There are also other online resources for training such as those published by Solid Mastermind (http://www.solidmastermind.com/) and of course, don’t forget to take advantage of the Solid Edge discussion groups hosted by Siemens PLM (https://bbs.industrysoftware.automation.siemens.com/vbulletin/forum.php).
So if you haven’t already, go get yourself some Solid Edge. It’s free and you just may Design Better!