IVRY Technologies, ALLIANCE electrical training partner to launch a virtual training program

The Electrical Training ALLIANCE (etA) has partnered with IVRY Technologies, a division of IDEAL Industries, to launch virtual reality training as a learning resource for electrical apprentices at Joint Apprenticeship Centers Training Committee (JATC) across the United States.

The first component of the Virtual Electrical Training (VET) program allows for immersive learning to develop skills as participants continue their training in the apprenticeship program. The VET Experience uses digitally recreated IDEAL tools to teach the user professional tips such as wiring and installation techniques, how to use special tools, and industry code requirements.

“There is a significant need to create new types of training resources for those entering the electrical trades to address the current labor shortage and expand the level playing field within industry,” said Doug Sanford, senior vice president at IDEAL.

The launch of the training module covers some of the themes of the curriculum for first-year apprentices. These topics include scenarios covering installing a single-pole switch, single-pole switch and switched outlet, two three-way switches controlling one light, controlling one light from three locations, installing a GFCI, and Moreover. There are additional modules under development against an expanded content plan designed to support a five-year program.

“VR training experiences such as this offer trainees a unique opportunity to deepen their understanding of the real-world experiences they are likely to face on the job in a safe and cost-effective way, as well as to self-assess their progress. while learning on their own pace,” said Paul Kolenda, Director of New Product Development, R&D.

ETA and IDEAL are committed to training the next generation of electrical workers using advanced technologies to increase safety and productivity through the use of relevant interactive simulations in a safe environment.

“The launch of the VR program increases students’ learning and confidence by allowing them to prepare for the jobsite before they are physically present on site,” said Todd Stafford, executive director of the Electrical Training ALLIANCE. “By providing a 360-degree field of view of a typical site, the student is immersed in the content in a way that is not possible otherwise. Additionally, the inclusion of detailed reporting associated with VR simulations at the LMS allows students and instructors to track progress and collaborate on individualized correction, resulting in an even higher degree of retention of concepts presented in VR scenarios.