Professor Nicholas Caldwell
Professor of Information Systems Engineering
University of Suffolk
Soft Skills training for the 21st Century
Unlike hard skills, a ‘one and done’ approach is not sufficient for acquiring skills that making a lasting change in behaviour. This means delivering soft skills training at scale can be both costly in time and money.
Virtual Reality training scenarios simulate realistic workplace scenarios and are a highly sophisticated form of role play. Using virtual embodiment, the learners interact with a virtual character, then swap bodies and watch an avatar of themselves as the situation is played back. The impact of this new perspective encourages self-reflection and embeds learning from practical experience within a virtual environment.
Why use Virtual Reality?
- Employees in VR courses can be trained up to four times faster PwC (2020).
- VR in training boosts engagement and knowledge retention. Learners are more focused as VR is immersive PwC (2020).
- Using virtual reality is more effective than classroom and e-learn training at teaching soft skills concepts PwC (2020).
- VR learning provides a way to train employees where it is not always practical to do so in the real world.
- Both employers and employees want bite-sized training that is focused and applicable, which is exactly what VR offers ManPower (2021).
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