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6 Questions To Identify Learning Programs Best Suited For a VR Training Approach

VR training is a powerful tool for L&D that can elevate learning and meet business and performance objectives. Which learning programs should be prioritized for VR training?

The field of Learning and Development is always changing. Technology has already reach the point where VR training is a very feasible cost-effective solution to enhance your workforce training. However, where to beging? which training should be translated to VR in the first place? If you are new to VR trainings don’t worry, we will give you some hints so you can begin using a VR training approach in your company.

1. Which Competencies Require Repeatable, Hands-On Practice To Master?

With VR training your workforce can learn at their own pace, even repeat the VR training experience as many times as they require to completely master their tasks. Even in very complex jobs, VR trainings are able to build experience dividing the VR training by difficulty levels, so your workforce can learn at a controlled and safe pace. In the end, the objective of repetitive and gradually increasing difficulty VR trainings is that your employees can perform their jobs more accurately and get to the required accuracy for their jobs as fast as possible.

2. Which Learning Programs Are Hard To Replicate And Scale?

When speaking in VR, it is possible to simulate experiences very difficult to replicate such as a heart surgery, or to simulate hazardous jobs where a proficient and accurate performance is required to avoid injuries. As you might imagine, these are logical candidates for a VR training approach.

3. Which Learning Programs Require Significant Travel Costs or Just Costs?

Some trainings require one of our employees to visit another facility to get on-hands-experience to manipulate a machine, a certain process or replicate certain laboratory practices. Even though it might seem unavoidable to send your employee overseas to complete their training, you might very well shorten their training time by assimilating most of their practical training through VR simulations. Furthermore, some trainings may require to use very expensive material, imagine a pharmaceutical laboratory where a very expensive molecule is being synthethized, in this case training your employees through laboratory experiments might be very expensive, instead, a good VR simulation will certainly help you lower your training costs.

4. Which Learning Programs Cause Disruption To Operations And/Or Require Significant Logistics And Planning?

Training costs are not only associated to travel or expensive training material, but they are also associated with operational costs. For example, how much does it cost to properly train a liquid gas carrier driver, where a very experienced employee takes their time to explain the new employee how to do the job correctly, in this case you are not only assuming the cost of having your experienced employee off work, but also you must include the cost of having the liquid gas carrier off operation. As you can imagine, it would be far less expensive to recreate and simulate the training using VR.

5. Which Learning Programs Require A Safe Environment To Practice?

VR trainings can be suitable to provide a controlled environment where your employees can safely train without risking their own health in case of any mistake. For instance, a pilot learning to fly, an engineer learning how to give maintenance to high voltage equipment, analytical laboratory technicians learning to deal with COVID-19, Hepatitis or HIV samples. So if you think your training can be dangerous and costly, or if it can lead to very negative consecuences to your staff or the organization, then VR trainings are your best choice.

6. Which Learning Programs Can You Leverage To Attract Top Talent And Younger Generations?

Younger generations such as centenialls or Gen Z do not learn as we do, but to be honest, we did not learn neither the way Baby Boomers did, so we can call it an even. However, it is true that younger generations feel more attracted to use technology in their daily lives and might be more seasoned for VR trainings than older generations. You might not think of it, but Gen Z generation is already old enough to be legally employed, so it might be a good idea to learn their language and try to give them the right tools to grow and outperform in your company.

Which learning programs are suitable for a VR Training Approach?

Our clients often ask us which learning programs are best suited for VR training. As you could have read from this article, our advice is to focus on your high-profile, high-impact programs, such as: safety, sales, soft skills/leadership, and technical training. However, we hope that the questions above will help you narrow your search so you can select the most promising learning programs for a VR training approach.

Do you have any comments or would like to see some examples on how we have used VR trainings with other clients? Leave us a message to contact@medusadigital.com.