This autumn, the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) will welcome its inaugural trainees into the UK’s first dedicated immersive training suite.
NSARE’s Member, PAULEY have developed a number of interactive training programs and virtual reality experiences that will help make the brand new, state-of-the-art Northampton facility an International Centre of Excellence for rail engineering skills development.
Phil Pauley, founder and CEO of PAULEY: said: “We’ve been given an unique opportunity to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers and rail apprentices. Our dynamic training courses are a chance to help plug the skills gap and engage young men and women across the UK in our revitalised rail industry.”
By simply wearing an Oculus VR headset and interacting with 3D models, trainees will be able to familiarise themselves in this unique environment before they ever start work on a real train. PAULEY’s programs will ensure that trainees can get to grips with key features and processes such as radio and cab safety systems, automatic warning systems and train protection warning systems.
Simon Rennie, General Manager at NTAR said: “ We are really pleased to be working with PAULEY – they have demonstrated intuition and innovation in developing and delivering material for us which adds greatly to how NTAR will bring alive its training.”
PAULEY has converted a diverse range of digital training courses for the Academy, which will be delivered by a combination of virtual reality and screen-based devices, including laptops, tablets and large format classroom based touchscreens.
Andrew Solesbury, PAULEY’s Creative Director: said: “The resources we’ve developed for NTAR turn highly technical and complex processes into understandable and engaging digital resources. The system is based around a bespoke competency management system which maximises every individuals potential”
This gamified approach to eLearning is proven to result in more engaged and confident trainees—which will result in increased levels of competency in terms of safety on and off the tracks and a greater efficiency in training investment.
The dynamic interactivity of NTAR’s training courses will drive higher industry competency thanks to greater memorability and engagement, resulting in trains that stay in service for longer, where they are most needed.