TRAINING IN VR
VR and AR is reshaping the way we train and onboard staff and employees.
Staff training has always been cost sensitive due to frequent traveling, potential safety concerns and complex training scenarios. However, VR is now being used to revolutionise employee training. Below, we look at some of the applications in training where virtual reality is being used to great effect.
Purpose-created Scenarios and Crisis Management
One of the primary implementations of VR in staff training is to create realistic scenarios specific to the role. By being able to control this virtual world, you can formulate all types of experiences that may not have been possible otherwise.
The Navy employed this technology in their training to help create submarine simulators and virtual warships. These simulations allowed new recruits to experience what a real life emergency would entail and how they ought to react whilst staying in a controlled and safe environment.
Another advantage of VR in training is that the employer can receive measurable data on each employee’s performance. As a result, employees can receive immediate feedback on their performance, allowing them to implement what they have learnt at a much faster rate.
There are some roles that require hands-on experience to understand specific processes. However, these training workshops are usually restricted by several obstacles such as cost, safety and other logistical issues.
VR allows the trainee to experience these difficult tasks because the variables are completely controlled. A good example of this is the construction industry, which is integrating VR into their training programs to allow employees to gain experience in tasks that would have been difficult to learn otherwise, such as operating heavy machinery.
Headsets with controllers enable the user to involve themselves completely in the scenario. The learning experience becomes a more enjoyable, engaging and, ultimately, memorable process.
Rather than flying whole teams to a single location at huge expense, VR allows staff around the world to undergo the same immersive training experience. What’s more, each employee’s training experience will be identical as opposed to different teams receiving different training programs from various individuals.
It is for this exact reason that leading carmaker, Ford, are using VR to educate their employees all over the world on the functionality and design of new models. The immersive, 360° element of the films enables employees to walk around a virtual version of a new car as well as sit in the interior to learn about any new features and design aspects in a clear and visual manner.
THE FUTURE OF TRAINING IN VR
As the number of companies beginning to acknowledge the benefits of VR in training continues to grow, so does the potential to transform how we learn. While it is not yet a widespread approach to employee training, VR is set to infiltrate more and more industries. By providing employees with immersive, simulated scenarios that better prepares them for the role, the possibilities for VR in training are endless.
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