VR: Transforming Construction Recruitment and Training

iFTI uses VR to simulate construction tasks, attracting new recruits

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iFTI, the training division of IUPAT, faced the challenge of attracting high school students to careers in construction amidst a tight labor market. To address this, they partnered with the Gronstedt Group to create a virtual reality (VR) recruitment and training experience.

In this VR simulation, participants immerse themselves in a virtual construction site. They engage in hands-on activities such as mixing joint compound for drywall finishing and using a "tape bazooka" to tape drywall seams. They also practice painting techniques, including applying masking tape, using a paintbrush, and spray painting. For those interested in glazing, there's a module where they experience standing on the 25th floor of a skyscraper, guiding a curtain wall into position, providing a safe way to confront any fear of heights.

The VR simulation is designed to fully engage participants' senses, creating a realistic experience that can inspire them to pursue careers in construction.

Rrahul Sethi
May 21, 2024
5 min read