by Richard McPartland
Digital technologies - including virtual and augmented reality - are key to revolutionising the construction industry according to a new report from the CITB.
A New Reality: Immersive Learning in Construction suggests that immersive learning has the potential to revolutionise how training is delivered, producing workers with greater ability and transforming the perception of the industry.
The report shows how immersive learning can be cost-effective for employers and training providers and help reduce skills shortages by attracting more young people to construction.
The dossier, the first of its kind for the construction sector, contains 36 interviews with stakeholders and 10 best practice examples. It points to a whole range of potential applications - with trainees being able to practice crane manoeuvres; scale wind turbines; or visualise the detailed 3D build of a skyscraper - all without leaving the classroom.
There's recommendations too - to ensure the full potential of immersive learning is realised. These include: improving understanding of what immersive learning is; increasing expertise in using the technology; and avoiding fragmented training provision.
Immersive learning has the potential to revolutionise how training is delivered, producing workers with greater ability and transforming the perception of the industry.
Writing in the report’s foreword Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, Co-Chair Construction Leadership Council, said: “This report lays down the gauntlet for employers, trainers and the government to tackle key issues such as greater efficiency, skills and growth through innovation.