How 4 Industries Are Using Virtual Reality Technology To Cut Employee Training Cost
With the diverse range of applications, Virtual Reality offers new and innovative ways to train new and existing employees in an organisation. This immersive, interactive and user friendly technology has implemented across organisations as executives realize the potential of the technology to enhance the training and learning initiatives. In this blog, you will find out how different industries are using Virtual Reality successfully to train their employees.
Using Virtual Reality To Train Employees
The discovery of virtual reality technology and its applications have taken the world by storm. The technical experts of the leading organisations have realised the potential of this technology to empower the training, learning to drive a skilled workforce. The skilled employee helps organisations to achieve their objectives.
According to a 2014 report from the Association for Talent Development (ADP), businesses with at least 100 employees spent roughly $1,200 on training per employee. The Society for Human Research Management also identifies “hidden costs” during the course of training, including supervisor and employee time, as well as instructional materials and equipment. By using VR technology, a trainee can learn and acquire the skill to perform a certain task in a very short time. The computer generated audio and video immersive environment makes the retention and recall rate higher for the trainee. They can remember the stuff for a longer time.
VizExperts, a Virtual Reality Company, is one of India’s leading & award winning virtual reality and advanced visualization company, delivering cutting edge products & solutions to esteemed clients all over the world. Voted as India’s No.1 Virtual Reality solution Company by Barco, it offers integrated and customizable VR Solutions. Its VR solution comprises of 360 interactive environment where the user can see, hear and practically do the editing and changes in the content simultaneously. This advanced technology has set us apart from other VR Companies.
The Benefits of Virtual Reality Applications
The increasing demand and decreasing cost of VR products giving big organisations an opportunity to cut the cost to train new and existing employees. This also helps to attract new, young talents and retain staffs.
1. Makes training 99% interactive and 83% more immersive
Virtual Training offers an interactive immersive environment where the trainee can experience real-life scenarios. With VR, one can acquire the skill and knowledge to perform a particular task by seeing, doing and hearing simultaneously. The newly recruited trainees are finding this technology very engaging, interesting and attractive.
2. Improves retention rate by 66% and recall rate by 63%
Research has shown that by seeing, hearing and interacting with the content at the same time, the brain retention capacity increases by 66%. With virtual reality training, the user is constantly adapting and physically engaged in their environments which activate the brain for learning recognition upto 63% more effectively.
3. Suitable for many different learning styles
Virtual Reality training is flexible for different learning style. Learning styles like aural, verbal, visual or physical learners are possible with VR. For training and learning purpose, VR gadgets and appropriate softwares are required. With suitable software, an organization can conduct different levels of training with the same VR gadgets leading to cost cutting.
4. Provides Safer, Risk-Free Learning Environments
This is one of the major advantages of VR training. With its immersive 3D interactive technology, VR eliminates the risk of accident and damage. In electrical, mechanical workshops and surgery operations, the person can potentially harm themselves. VR training technology provides safe and risk free 3D immersive working environment.
5. Simplify complex problems/situations
With flexible, editing and customizable features, complex and sophisticated problems can be solved with VR. The advance VR application tools help users to explore immersive VR world and interact with them simultaneously.
So, let's find out how the top 4 industries are taking advantage of this new immersive technology to train their employees?
Manufacturing and Designing Industries
With VR fundamentals, manufacturing and the designing sectors find the VR applications most useful. Now, workers in an organisation are adopting this VR technology to design machines, cars, buildings, aeroplanes etc. Whether it’s operating heavy machinery such as a crane or constructing pieces of the building by hand, a simple mistake or lack of judgement can result in serious injury and financial loss. To avoid such case, VR training is able to put workers directly into these situations to help them learn the correct actions and responses. What sets Virtual Reality apart from other training techniques is the interactive capability. Employees can use objects that feel suitable to their work tools while inside the VR environment resulting in a more realistic and impactful training simulation. Government organisations such as GRSE, BHEL, GAIL etc have adapted our virtual reality solutions for designing and virtual prototyping purpose.
Meanwhile, other industries are finding uses for VR as a training tool, one of the earliest adopters is the aerospace industry like NASA, ADA, ISRO, CNSA, ESA. With VR, pilots and astronauts are able to train in a better and most effective way. The new pilots are trained by sitting on a simulated virtual cockpit reducing the cost and time. NASA uses VR to train astronauts in the aspect of spacewalking (an action where the astronaut leaves a spaceship environment to perform an action like replacing a faulty module on a spacecraft). However, the problem with spacewalking is astronauts have no idea what to expect until they are actually doing it. By using VR, astronauts can get an idea of what they will experience and reduce the risk of errors.
Education & Research Sector
Introduction of digital technologies in this sector has been proved beneficial. Many renowned technical institutes has opted VR technology to improve the retention and recall rate of the students. Various universities like IIT Roorkee, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay have adopted VR technology to improve the skill and performance of their students. Using VR gadgets and software, students learn in 360 degree audio-video interaction based platform that provides on-screen cues that allows them to make decisions based on real-world situations.
The increasing complexity of the automotive vehicles and the amount of required information are often challenging for car designers and staffs. Information has to be researched in different systems and data has to be utilized in relevant places. The solution is Virtual Reality. Giant automotive manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has opted this intuitive and powerful technology which presents all the relative information in a 3D immersive environment with VR gadgets and softwares. So, from designing complex parts of vehicles to identifying the fault sources and repairs, all can be achieved more efficiently and quickly via Virtual Reality technology. Using VR technology makes the designing and faulty parts detection significantly faster. This sustainable learning effect reduces training costs and time.
The adaption of Virtual Reality for training purposes is still relatively new and many organisations have been hesitant to use this technology. For all of these industries above, Virtual Reality has been proven to be an effective tool for extremely valuable training simulations and learning. More industries to adopt Virtual Reality for their training needs. Will your’s be next?