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  • Writer's pictureChristele Simeoni

Using VR training to address labour shortages

In the US, there is a shortage of mechanics and immersive learning is helping automotive companies train new learners.

“The first tool Maryland’s Vehicles for Change mechanical trainees choose is not a key, but a pair of virtual reality glasses.”

In France, there are also many manual trades in short supply.

Between the costs of training, the skills that are not valued or even ignored, immersive learning and the democratization of tools to develop pedagogical content.

Learning by doing

For technical trades such as mechanics in this example, learners can watch the instructor perform the necessary gestures and test in turn with RV goggles or masks. This allows you to learn by directly manipulating the objects represented, the famous Learning by doing which allows you to learn by practice, which allows you to take action immediately, which also allows you to make mistakes and start again to properly assimilate gestures.

In the case of the United States, 76,000 mechanic positions are required each year and half are not filled, which has an impact on repair shops in terms of both repair times and the cost of maintaining cars. Sales and other group services are necessarily impacted because the customer experience becomes negative!


In France, we train 33,000 young people every year, but we are short between 20 and 25,000 technicians, knowing that the industry has evolved a lot and that, in recent years, we have had to add computer skills to maintain modern cars.

Developing educational content in VR with a scenario panel is a great opportunity for automotive groups and/or schools to update, perpetuate and share practices in order to train future mechanics!

*Source of figures: Carrièreonline

*Source CNN more details in full article.


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