5 Ways Employers Use Virtual Reality For Training

While the entertainment industry has long-utilized immersive technology, many others have also adopted it to train staff.

Projections foresee businesses buying 2.6 million VR and AR headsets by the time 2022 ends, marking a 30% increase over 2021.

It lets employees practice skills independently—and even make mistakes—in a way that is not always feasible or safe in the real world.  Read on to learn how this technology is applied to teach various professional and technical skills.

Surgical and medical skills

Many universities and medical schools now use VR, AR, and MR as safe and cost-effective ways to train healthcare professionals. This training approach allows residents to practice skills as often as necessary.

Customer service training can be more effective using VR, as it engages employees in realistic situations and can be completed more quickly at their convenience.

Customer service

Skilled trade workers have used immersive training through companies like Interplay, which developed a platform of online and VR training for various trades.

Technical skills

Oil and gas companies use VR training to introduce staff to new facilities, such as refineries and offshore platforms, allowing them to safely explore these settings via a virtual environment.

Safety in oil and gas facilities

Emergency response

The Emergency Response Training and Certification Association, a nonprofit organization in Pennsylvania, reports this immersive training helps improve communication, decision-making, equipment, and physical skills.

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