Companies world-wide are already implementing VR into their learning and development programmes. From training for hazardous situations to recruiting and onboarding, virtual reality provides a realistic and most importantly safe training environment for your employees.
For those of you new to the concept of “Virtual Reality”, or “VR-learn” as we refer to it here at 3t Transform, it is the use of 3D generated images to fully immerse a user into a simulated scenario or environment, so they feel like they are physically there.
Using virtual reality in training for some is a foreign idea. With its associations with the gaming industry, it might not be on your radar to use it as a learning tool, however VR in corporate training has some fantastic benefits. Do you want higher engagement and retention levels? Do you want to reduce spend on training and travel? Well, VR can do just that.
Virtual reality enables your employees to learn through a practical experience. Studies have shown that learning through experiences increases the quality of learning and knowledge retention by 75-90%.
Here’s some examples of applying VR into your learning strategy:
Hazardous training – VR provides a safe environment for training in high-risk situations that are hard to replicate in real-life. Before VR, people would have to imagine a high-risk scenario and how they would cope during an incident. VR removes visualising and instead provides an effective learning experience in the most realistic way possible, leading to higher impact and retention.
Recruitment and onboarding – Virtual reality can be used to improve the recruitment and onboarding process within a company, by completing building tours, or seeing multiple business locations without the need to physically be there. Skills that are needed prior to starting a role can be performed and practiced before an employee starts.
Having a fun recruitment and onboarding process is more likely to higher employee retention levels and productivity levels once they start.
On-the-job skills – Practicing simple tasks a part of your everyday role can reduce errors and lower liability. Instead of reading about skills needed to complete certain tasks, you can experience them and put into practice new skills in the safety of the virtual world.
VR with Transform
We offer a completely bespoke service, so can design whatever your company requires. We can create a “Digital Twin” replica of your real-world assets.
Setting up our VR courses is designed to be incredibly fast and simple, which allows your workforce to train and test their skills whenever they need to. The courses can be either fully immersive using headsets and controllers or can be undertaken on hand-held devices such as smart phones and tablets.
VR-learn minimises the cost of training to your business as it can dramatically reduce the need for instructor-led courses. It also means that your workforce can train in-situ, thereby reducing the amount of time they need to spend off-site.
The future of VR in training
Undeniably there are initial set-up and short-term development costs, but more and more businesses are realising the long-term return on investment through measuring engagement, safety, and knowledge retention of training using VR.
As the next generation of learners are likely to be technology-focused and geographically dispersed, it’s important to take into consideration what your learners might be more likely to engage with. Companies will need to adapt to their behaviours, working styles and preferred methods of training, and the versatility of VR guarantees to tick all the boxes.
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