Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies are changing the way businesses approach workforce training by providing a more powerful alternative to traditional classroom learning scenarios and paper manuals. As Forbes contributor Stephen Baer puts it, AR/VR offers, “employee simulations, scenarios, and information in a secure, risk-free environment.”

Baer recently spoke with Upskill about the use of AR for workforce training in the manufacturing sector. With AR on wearable devices, such as smart glasses, manufacturers can deliver step-by-step information directly into the worker’s line of sight, expediting on-the-job training and allowing for seamless knowledge transfer. Further, AR can help users of all experience levels – not just trainees and new employees – rapidly resolve issues through remote video collaboration.

With Upskill’s Skylight enterprise AR platform integrated with smart glasses, GE Healthcare workers for example, are kitting and completing orders 46 percent faster – the very first time they use the solution. And, Boeing has improved productivity in its complex wiring harness assembly process by 25 percent. Coca-Cola is using Skylight’s remote collaboration capabilities to connect technicians with experts across the globe, solving maintenance issues in a more timely and cost-effective manner.

Baer notes that that one of the key benefits for using AR/VR in professional development is the ability to teach through practical simulation, versus theoretical concepts. This created experiences unheard of in any other form of training.

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