College Receives Funding to Develop State-of-the-art Virtual Reality Training in Construction

04 March 2019 | Construction & the Building Trades, Employers

City College Plymouth has received £280,000 funding from the Construction Industry Training Board to develop and deliver a two year immersive learning project in close collaboration with Kier Living and We Are The Moment, partnering with Plymouth Construction Training Group and Building Plymouth.

The project will develop state-of-the-art training experiences to support the booming investment and 10,000 projected new jobs expected in construction in Plymouth over the next five years. The partnership will promote the implementation of new virtual reality (VR) technologies in both higher education and further education and in the construction sector, attracting and retaining talent to improve productivity and address skills gaps in this vital industry.

Lance Chatfield, Academy Manager for Higher Technology Skills at the College said: “We will pilot and deliver innovative immersive learning experiences that replicate developments in the City. Central to each of these experiences is the development of a VR ‘house’ environment. This will be based on a Kier Living four bed construction, as seen around the Plymouth area. The house will be used to demonstrate real-life examples to aid health and safety practice in a secure and safe environment, adding a key immersive element to the classroom-taught curriculum currently taught at the College.

“The project will also be going ‘on the road’ later this year, when students and potential new recruits to the construction industry will be able to try out the VR challenges at roadshows, Apprenticeship fairs and College Open Days.”

If you would like to find out how you could develop the skills required to join the booming construction industry, call 01752 305300 or visit www.cityplym.ac.uk.

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