07 Jun Using Virtual Reality For On the Job Training
United States based corporate conglomerate, Walmart, is now backing and supporting virtual reality for on the job training. Walmart hopes that virtual reality will improve employee training techniques, and provide a more realistic training experience at its 200 Academy training centers.
TechCrunch reported that Walmart is planning on installing virtual reality training systems at each of its training centers by the end of the year. Each training booth will be outfited with both an Oculus Rift headset and a VR ready PC.
An estimated 150,000 employees will use the 360 degree videos to experience real life training scenarios. These videos are interactive and will require the participant to respond to the stimuli using on-screen prompts. These training videos range anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. Scenarios include management, customer service, and specific events like Black Friday best practices.
STRIVR Labs has partnered with Walmart to create this new training initiative after a Walmart executive saw the University of Arkansas football team using virtual reality for their training. Walmart hopes to additionally incorporate these virtual reality training experiences to their other 5,000 retail locations as well.
STRIVR has raised over $5 million last year alone, specifically to develop these virtual reality on the job training services. STRIVR has an end-to-end platform that captures and reports performance inside the training; providing analytics reporting that will allow organizations to make data-driven decisions. Their football training simulations are currently being used by teams such as the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, and the Dallas Cowboys.