Virtual reality technology has taken the world by a storm, revolutionizing a number of industries. The applications of the technology to training are not difficult to imagine and thus, VR training solutions are lately getting a lot of attention.
In order to keep their training relevant and competitive, corporates must adapt to the new wave of innovation in training that is VR training.
With that said, like with everything that is new, VR for training is also surrounded by its fair share of apprehensions.
If you count yourself amongst those that doubt whether integrating VR into your training will help you achieve improved results, these benefits of the technology will surely help you make a positive decision:
VR More Immersive
The immersive nature of VR is no secret. In fact, it is this immersive nature of the technology that makes it so special.
In regard to corporate training, creating an engaging training experience remains a known challenge among training providers and businesses. VR technology, with its immersive properties, can help businesses overcome this challenge with ease.
Not to forget, the chance to try their hands at an emerging technology is sure to instil an extra element of excitement within your learners.
Risk-Free On The Job Training
Today, delivery giant UPS is training 4,000 drivers using virtual reality.
UPS is a great example of a company using VR to provide risk-free training to their employees.
The VR training course can (almost) replicate the driving conditions on the road and at the same time, prepare them for common hiccups and situations that they might run into.
The best part is, drivers can train for such scenarios without risking their (or anyone else’s) safety, while also saving the company thousands of dollars that it might have to spend in case of a mishap during training.
Similarly, the medical industry uses VR technology to let medical professionals practice surgical procedures in an absolutely-risk free environment.
Whether it is manufacturing training or compliance training, VR technology can be applied to a number of real-world scenarios to provide workforces across industries with a risk-free environment to hone their skills.
More Efficient Preparation For Contingency Scenarios
Let’s talk about the UPS example once again. Without VR training, a driver may spend months as a trainee before running into a special scenario that they might have wanted to cover during training.
Since a business cannot always spend months training each employee, in this case, UPS may have to roll out drivers that have been through formal training but are not necessarily prepared to handle contingencies.
This problem can be easily alleviated with virtual reality technology. By strategically designing a training experience that focuses on the contingencies that a driver may face, UPS is able to bring down the time taken to complete training, while improving the outcome of the training at the same time.
Reduced Costs Of Training
One of the most common apprehensions surrounding the application of VR technology to training is the perceived high costs. However, the reality is that as the technology gains more popularity, it is quickly becoming more pocket-friendly.
Add to that the savings of the costs of building and maintaining an arsenal of training tools (for example, a fleet of trucks for UPS trainee drivers) and it is not difficult to realise that VR is actually more cost-effective than many existing training solutions.
The conclusion is simple, virtual reality is the future of corporate training and it is beneficial for businesses to embrace this technology sooner than later.