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Training in virtual reality. (Image courtesy PwC.).
It is four times faster to train employees soft skills when using virtual reality than when using traditional in-person classroom or online training, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
And it’s cheaper, too — organizations spend about $195 per trainee when using virtual reality, compared to the $207 to $265 average costs for traditional training.
Training modality cost per learner. (Image courtesy PwC.).
The results of the study begin to help clarify the potential value of using virtual reality for soft-skills training such as leadership, sales, customer interactions, and change management, Scott Likens, PwC’s emerging tech lead, told Hypergrid Business.
“Our study found that virtual reality is ready to deploy at enterprise scale,” he said. “The PwC team was able to provision, deploy, and manage a large fleet of head-mounted displays with a very small team.”
Virtual reality is particularly useful during the pandemic when training budgets may be shrinking and it is not safe to train groups in-person. But it can also help companies prepare for future the future, he said, offering low-cost but still effective training at scale.
And just how effective is it?
According to the study, which involved 1,600 …
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