VR Training soft skills overview

Developing Soft Skills Through Virtual Reality (VR)

The nature of work is rapidly changing and constantly requires employees to develop their skills to succeed, the importance of ongoing learning will continue to be critical to individuals and businesses performance.

A recent LinkedIn Learning Report indicated that the workforce agrees, training for soft skills is the #1 priority.

Deloittes 2017 Soft skills for business success white paper indicated that by 2030, soft skill intensive occupations will make up almost two thirds of the workforce.

While traditional training such as e-learning can provide learners with facts and concepts, the experiential and performance-based practices typically used to develop soft skills behaviors are best obtained through application and practice face to face under the guidance of a facilitator or coach.
Key challenges in meeting the growing need to develop soft skills are:

How to create the opportunity for meaningful practice and feedback.
How to providing cost effective and time efficient learning opportunities.

One only has to look at the average annual spend on leadership/culture development in organisations to see the value that is put on such skills.

So how can employers deal with the challenge of supporting employees to develop their soft skills?

VR offers an innovative way to develop soft skills

VR is already known to be effective for teaching technical and practical job skills, such as a flight simulator to train pilots.

VR is now available to develop soft skills.

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What are Soft skills?

Soft skills are also referred to as employability skills, enterprise skills and they are transferable between industries and occupations. They include things like communication, teamwork, and problem-solving, as well as emotional judgement, professional ethics and global citizenship.
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Benefits of using VR to Train Soft Skills

Train Employees Faster

VR can reduce both direct and indirect training time.

Increased Confidence

VR learners are more confident in applying what they’re taught as VR allows the opportunity to practice, in a safe environment.

Greater Emotional Impact

Employees are more emotionally connected to VR content due to the immersive nature and opportunity to virtually and literally be put in someone else's shoes. PwC VR Soft Skills training Efficacy Study, 2020 showed that using VR learners were 3.75 times more emotionally connected than through classroom training.

VR Learners are More Focused

In a VR headset, simulations and immersive experiences command the individual’s vision and attention. VR-trained employees were up to four times more focused

More Cost-Effective

Used in the right way and at scale VR can be more cost-effective than traditional training.

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Effectiveness of VR for Soft Skills

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Case Studies for Soft Skills VR Training

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PWC Case Study
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