Virtual reality construction training Is the future of education within the industry – both due to its cost benefits and ease of use, but also for how much safer it makes site inductions.

The software makes it effortless to train staff away from site, instead using a virtual reality setup to mimic and replicate real-life scenarios to teach valuable lessons.

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White new generation VR headset isolated on white background with blue sparkling futuristic lights. Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2021.01.01

What is the use of VR technology in construction training?

Virtual reality can be used to make construction training and induction both safer and cheaper by replicating situations in a digital environment, negating the need for induction to happen on site.

Through VR, tasks can be simulated to mimic real life on-site scenarios. The graphics are high-quality and serve to make the simulation as realistic as possible to create the best learning experience.

These can come either ready-made, with a number of more commonplace tasks being available out of the box, or the company can create inductions specific to tasks related to your business.

Who are Next World Enterprises?

Based in Brisbane, Australia, Next World Enterprises are designers and creators of virtual reality construction training software and hardware.

CEO, Michael O’Reilly, has been in the construction industry for decades, overseeing projects across the globe in countries such as Indonesia, Algeria, and now, of course, back in his native Australia.

The rest of the diverse and highly qualified team have wealths of experience in their own aspects of the business, most of all their ace user experience and development members.

What are the benefits of virtual reality construction training?

From a safety perspective, VR construction training is groundbreaking. It allows you to train staff off-site without the need of real equipment that could cause serious injury.

This comes most in use when training new staff and apprentices. It can be daunting, frustrating, and terrifying the first time someone sets foot on site for the first time; now, thanks to virtual reality, those first steps will be accompanied by a wealth of knowledge thanks to virtual inductions prior to starting work.

In an environmental sense, there are also huge benefits to virtual reality training. It completely negates the need for vital resources to be used and wasted on inductions, whilst also reducing the amount of travel and overall carbon footprint of the business.

But, most importantly, it shows a dedication to your staff. Studies have shown that VR training construction software can increase engagement by up to an incredible 73%. If you’re trying to be competitive in the job market and recruit the best staff, virtual reality is the way forward.

Is there a future for virtual reality construction training?

Owing to both its safety and financial benefits, it’s fair to say that virtual reality is the future of construction training.

Only a few years ago, virtual reality was considered something just for gamers. Now, the game has changed and big businesses are using its power to vastly enhance their employees’ experiences.

Over the next few years, expect VR to become commonplace not just in the construction industry – but across all industries.