How Komatsu's Apprenticeship Program benefited from Next World's VR Training

Development Learning
Each year, Komatsu hosts their Apprenticeship Development Learning Pathway, offering a formal qualification to young learners and an avenue into the industry. Already being previously partnered with Next World as part of their larger safety program, Komatsu asked Next World to demonstrate the effectiveness of Virtual Reality training to the 2022 apprentice cohort.
Time Saving

The results show an overwhelmingly positive response and a significant opportunity to increase learning engagement. Next World’s VR solution also provided Komatsu trainers with a potential of up to a 55.13% time efficiency saving per class.

Key Metrics

We asked the apprentices to share their thoughts and opinions after completing their VR training session:

100% of students Agree

That VR Offers a better learning experience than e-Learning

100% of students Agree

That the delivered learning content in VR sessions is easier to recall

85% of students Agree

That VR learning content is relevant to their development

How Komatsu Implemented VR Training

Leveraging the strengths of a large organisation, Komatsu has taken a diverse and effective approach to the rollout of their VR training. They have employed a range of methods throughout their two Australian training locations, from group training sessions to one-on-one learning. Komatsu has also reported great utilisation of Next World’s multi-viewer hardware.

"The traditional way of learning, which has been through textbook and structured learning programs, obviously leaves gaps in learning capability, so being able to have a portable tool that we can send to a worker before they complete a dangerous or new task, to fill those knowledge gaps, is a super powerful tool for Komatsu moving forwards."

Komatsu’s Custom Builds

On top of access to Next World’s course library, Komatsu have expanded their library to include x4 custom built VR course; x1 successfully delivered, x1 in development phase , and x2 additional courses in the pipeline. These custom builds have allowed Komatsu to create extremely specific learning outcomes for their workforce.

Where VR has taken Komatsu

Since taking VR training to scale across Australia, Komatsu has seen a number of positive influences within the training program. Data from Next World’s VR LMS shows a clear result in the below areas: