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Published on August 19th, 2021 | by Emergent Enterprise

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Hard Skills Training with Virtual Reality

Emergent Insight:
In the “early days” of virtual reality, many of the best use cases came from hard skills training. Need to train an energy plant worker how to respond to an emergency? VR could place that employee in virtual danger without the risk. As Lorne Fade reports at VR Vision, those types of use cases are becoming more commonplace and they are as compelling and effective as ever. In many instances, the company delivers more effective training in less time and with a smaller budget. Sure, there are challenges and pushbacks but did that stop companies from using the internet or adopting mobile devices and apps? There is almost certainly a use case for VR in your company. Find it, devise a strategy and build the application. You will be the next success story.

Original Article:

Training employees can take time and resources away from production and expansion. While necessary, hard skills training on the job can be a hard pill to swallow for any company, big or small.

Hard skills training with virtual reality is an excellent alternative training method that engages employees in a fun and meaningful way while also reducing overhead. Your workers can learn new skills or go through refresher courses without any drawbacks of on or off-site training.

Virtual reality is the future of hard skills training, and the future is now. Below, we’ll go over several types of hard skills training with virtual reality. Keep reading to find out how virtual reality can improve your organization’s workflow and decrease training costs across the board.

Safety Procedures

Organizations in many different industries use VR to train their employees on proper safety procedures. Whether as a refresher course or new employee onboarding, safety protocols are essential for companies to maintain a safe and efficient workflow.

Fire safety is often the first VR course that management uses to teach hard skills with virtual reality. However, fire drills take valuable time away from the floor, meaning the administration must stop work to prepare employees to deal with a potential fire on a work site.

If your company regularly works in different locations, teaching worksite safety can be even more time-consuming and complicated than usual.

Instead of pulling an entire team off production for safety training, virtual reality allows you to remove just a few employees at a time. Then, once they complete their VR safety procedures course, you can rotate to a new group of workers.

Smaller groups mean fewer distractions and more personalized learning, leading to better workers and standardized practices. Plus, studies have shown that workers enjoy VR training more than classroom or drill training. As a result, VR training can reduce production downtime while increasing employee learning retention simultaneously.

Use Case

We helped IEP Technologies (Hoerbiger) develop a quick VR safety tutorial for their manufacturing team.

It was important and necessary for their employees to learn about the hazards and potential solutions for problems on the job. However, the company spent far too much time on training and was looking for ways to improve its performance.

Our VR course streamlined the learning process and reduced downtime dramatically compared to their previous training course for handling hazardous materials.

The final product, more dynamic and engaging than its predecessor, brought the safety presentation down from two or three hours to only five minutes.

Vocational Training and Onboarding

Many industries, like construction or mechanical maintenance, operate in hazardous work environments. As such, training new employees on the proper ways to do their job can often be time-consuming and even dangerous. However, new hires have to learn somehow, or you wouldn’t have hired them in the first place.

Virtual reality offers a radical approach to new employee onboarding in dangerous industries. In the past, management would have to assign a new worker to a more experienced worker to learn the ropes. Now, simply hook new hires up to a VR headset and run them through a training course that teaches them everything they need to know.

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