VR training lab boosts workplace safety

Wednesday, 05 April, 2023

VR training lab boosts workplace safety

A new virtual reality training lab for the resources industry has been opened in Mackay, providing more diverse training options for workers.

The Queensland Government committed an extra $5.7 million in funding to expand the Resources Centre of Excellence to support emerging industry needs.

Developed by Next World Enterprises, the virtual reality training software provides immersive scenarios to help participants understand the high-risk environment and potential hazards, without compromising their safety.

“Our training accelerates the learning curve for users so business can upskill workers faster for the needs of future industry,” said Michael O’Reilly, CEO and Founder, Next World Enterprises.

“We’ve designed our cutting-edge virtual reality software to enhance the learner’s engagement and foster a deep comprehension of the training topic.

“It is also a win for business, as it increases productivity and minimises downtime due to injury from ineffective training.”

The Resources Centre of Excellence opened in mid-2020 and provides training options for students and apprentices as well as supporting companies to develop new products and research.

The state government provided half of the original $7 million funding to build the centre in partnership with Mackay Regional Council.

In addition to the virtual reality training lab, the centre contains a 6800 m2 underground simulator mining facility that replicates the physical conditions of working underground.

“This new VR lab will help equip our resources workers with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed well into the future — and most importantly keep them safe,” said member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert.

Image courtesy of Next World Enterprises.

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