VR gives learners the freedom to fail
You learn to ride a bike by wobbling – and then learning to balance.
Being able to see the consequences of our actions has informed our learning throughout our lives. VR allows workers to make mistakes and ignore processes, and observe the consequences – without risking any actual harm.
This makes for highly effective training that teaches why a job needs to be carried out in a certain way, as opposed to simply being taught a process.
VR can simulate high-risk environments
Moving vehicles or trains, and working at height make it difficult and dangerous to train some workers on a real work site.
However, classroom training alone can lack a sense of realism such that learners don’t develop the increased level of hazard awareness needed to stay safe on site.
VR can provide a bridge between classroom and onsite training. For example:
- Trainee offshore wind turbine engineers can be trained in key aspects of repair and maintenance without having to go to the site. They can also remotely train in how to work safely at height and in the use of rescue equipment
- Workers in the construction industry can be trained to look out for vehicle movements, objects falling from height, trenches and excavations, as well as routine trip hazards, in a simulated environment
- Road construction and rail track maintenance workers can be trained to carry out their tasks whilst maintaining awareness of vehicle or train movements around them
VR can simulate difficult-to-access environments
If you need to train team members for a project based abroad, or where the working conditions could be risky, teaching them how to carry out that task in a virtual environment means they can build up their competence first, and then transfer those skills to the real environment.
VR can simulate training with expensive and bulky equipment
For example, heavy plants used in mining or construction can be simulated for use in induction, ongoing and refresher training.
VR allows for a range of assessment options, especially useful for H&S training, allowing you to:
- Identify which of your employees have knowledge gaps
- Discover problems with your H&S processes – are everyone making the same mistakes?
- Target follow-up training resources at those who really need it
- Test processes before they are implemented in the field and anticipate and mitigate risks early
- Collect behavioural data and run analyses