The emerging generation of workers is more tech-savvy than ever. And while Millennials may not have the on-the-job experience of their predecessors, their ability to use technology means the future is bright indeed for training programs that play to this skill-set.
Doing so is something all organizations should prioritize as younger generations rise through the ranks. As these generations change jobs more frequently than their elders, all industries need to find new, faster ways to increase knowledge, experience, and competency among workers. Especially sectors like manufacturing, transportation and energy – where inexperience can have serious consequences.
“The further you get into technology, the further you go into gaming. That’s the general rule.” – Nick Johnson
Catering to the Gamers
Capitalizing on the tech skills of Millennials, simulation training bridges the experiential gap among generations by providing realistic trial-and-error learning without the risk of injury, damaging equipment, and other costly setbacks that commonly accompany worker training.
And because the new generation is so accustomed to the digital world, learning tools like 3D Interactive Simulation feel comfortable, familiar, and even fun.
But don’t mistake fun with ineffective.
Rather than require complex concepts be absorbed through rote memorization and regurgitation, interactive training stimulates memory and increases rates of retention by simulating the act itself. Trainees gain a sense of competency and true experience as they’re learning, instead of skimming written materials about skills they’ll apply in the future.
And much like gaming, simulated learning requires users to become active participants in the lessons. This method of learning-by-doing is best because it keeps participants constantly engaged throughout the learning process – something that could be a challenge with digital-age attention spans.
Appealing to Classic Learning Styles and Modern Attention Spans
3D Interactive Simulation provides both the sensory experience, and the instant gratification Millennials are used to from their devices. This generation of digital multi-taskers is always connected, so having training tools that allow them to set their own pace makes sense. With training modules loaded onto an iPad, that’s easy to do.
Another key Millennial trait is individualism – and that’s something simulation training can cater to by addressing the different types of common learning styles.
Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners all have their needs met, and strengths reinforced, as simulation training incorporates every sense.
And Automation World Senior Editor Stephanie Neil notes another crucial benefit of simulation training: “The technology could keep these kids interested and on the job longer.” This is an important consideration with a huge percentage of the workforce turning over as a result of retiring Baby Boomers. Anything that prevents additional turnover during the transition is a boon.
Increasing Competencies Reduces Costs
3D Interactive Virtual Training is also cost effective in the long term, which is always a plus. Here’s why:
- When employees are training, they’re not working. Because interactive training expedites the learning process, workers can become productive more quickly.
- Expensive equipment lasts longer. By reducing the need to relegate actual equipment for training, simulation reduces daily wear and tear, and the risk of newbies causing damage.
- It’s portable. Participants can reinforce what they’ve learned using tools like an iPad, keeping concepts fresh while eliminating the cost of revisiting real-world training.
There are big changes coming in a number of high-risk industries, but the next generation of workers is primed for the next generation of training technology. Is your organization? If not, it’s time to get ready by incorporating simulation training into your program. The long-term outlook is great.
Ready to put 3D Interactive Simulation to work? Reach out and we’ll make it happen for you!