The Virtual Reality training developed by JTC is a unique method of training students to qualify at NVQ level. Before attending the on-site NVQ Assessments students undertake the Virtual Reality training in the comfort of their own home. This is designed to help students familiarise themselves with the actual building they will be working on, plan out the installation, go to the wholesalers to purchase the required materials, and carry out the installation, all within the Virtual Reality environment.
The competition was phenomenal; in the Best Learning Technologies category we beat O2, Standard Life, AstraZeneca (leading global biopharmaceutical company) with a turnover of £100 billion, Godiva (globally worth £765 million) and TUI who have a turnover of £7.2 billion.
The Gold went to Mitchells & Butlers who have 46,000 employees and run 1,750 pubs such as Harvester, Toby Carvery and O’Neills with a turnover of £2,180 million. The Bronze went to TUI, the international travel group which includes Thompson Holidays, who have a turnover of £7.2 billion. We were certainly the very, very tiny fish in a sea of multi-nationals, so to take a Silver Award in a group full of many of the world’s top companies is a true achievement.
Other companies that we were up against included Volvo, turnover £264.70 billion. Marks & Spencers, turnover £4.9 billion. Tesco, turnover £25.84 billion. Honda, turnover £49.27 billion. EDF Energy, £42.1 billion. O2, £10.3 billion. GlaxoSmithKline £30.18 billion.
This is what the panel of the Judges said: “The judges commended an excellent application of virtual reality technology, the implementation of the project and applauded time and cost savings as well as quality improvements delivered by the training.”
This is what the panel of the Judges said:
“The Vocational Virtual Reality (VR) training has revolutionised the way in which students become fully qualified constructions workers and is contributing to reducing the UK skills shortage.”
“This is impressive and innovative use of technology to improve vocational skills training which is being used in an equally impressive manner to revolutionise the way tradespeople become fully qualified.”
Another hard fought competition produced an outstanding crop of winners at the E-Learning Awards gala evening. Across 19 categories 55 awards of gold, silver and bronze were handed out at a glittering ceremony in the heart of London attended by over 700 people. Among the stand-out winners on the night were the revolutionary vocational virtual reality training which scooped awards in five categories;Kallidus, Virtual College and Rentokil Initial also featured picking up awards in more than one category, including personal and team categories. But the honours were spread wide, from many different sectors and overseas, including the Netherlands and Australia. Perhaps the diversity of winners indicates a rapidly developing industry. Mark Penton, Event Director at CloserStill Media, organisers of the E-Learning Awards and Learning Technologies, said: ”This is the first year that we have been involved in the Awards and we cannot be more delighted with how it has gone, with record numbers of entries and the biggest gala evening to date.”