scoop.co.nz 24 Mar, 2021 20:15 am

Virtual Reality (VR) Training Programme Puts 95% Of Hawke’s Bay Cadets Into Jobs

Virtual Reality (VR) Training Programme Puts 95% Of Hawke’s Bay Cadets Into Jobs
More than 95 per cent of unemployed graduates who participated in a cutting edge virtual reality (VR) vocational and life skills training programme in Hawke's Bay have achieved long term employment. Funded by the Te Ara Mahi allocation of the Provincial ...

More than 95 per cent of unemployed graduates who participated in a cutting edge virtual reality (VR) vocational and life skills training programme in Hawke's Bay have achieved long term employment.Funded by the Te Ara Mahi allocation of the Provincial Growth Fund, the Whiti Supply Chain Cadetship – powered by IMPAC – teaches forklift operations using VR simulators, and broader life skills training such as goal setting, resilience and confidence.One such success story is Osheanah Abbott, a WINZ referral and mother of four children who obtained a packhouse supervisor's role with Rockit Apples after completing the course.After completion, I was able to go straight into a packhouse supervisor's role.

"This potential was seen by the Provincial Growth Fund whose funding helped establish Whiti in the Hawke's Bay.Of the participants on the Whiti cadetship – which is also aimed at those who lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic – 30% are women, far higher than the estimated industry average of less than 5% of forklift drivers being female.

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