Portable Remote Training Simulator
There is one irrefutable truth in personnel training – money can buy great training tools, but finding great instructors isn’t as easy. When you send a skilled instructors to the other side of the world to train new operators, that asset becomes temporarily unavailable. Using remote training solutions enables you to effectively leverage your assets and efficiently make use of your instructors’ skill sets.
Even before the pandemic of 2020, a variety of challenges hindered training operations worldwide. Having to relocate instructors to train new employees and hone the skills of the more experienced operators has been an inevitable resource- and time-consuming burden. Not only does it take money and time but it’s also likely to be affected by delays caused by external factors, such as scheduling conflicts, equipment malfunctions, and currently, travel restrictions.
During the pandemic, travel restrictions made in-person training practically impossible, delivering a rude awakening to many companies dependent on their workforce’s skills. New employees, wherever hired, could not be trained and onboarded unless located near training equipment. New technologies could not be adopted, because training on how to use them was not possible.
In the case of international organisations, such facilities may often only be located at the HQ.
Maintaining a skilled workforce – an asset or a liability?
Garavan et al. (2020) discuss the impact of training on organisational performance in their article published in the Human Resource Management Journal.
“The level of expertise and knowledge involved in developing, implementing and evaluating training programmes determines the effectiveness of training, the quality of the human capital pool and -ultimately- organisational performance.” Garavan et al. (2020)
Operating in highly dynamic and competitive industries requires keeping up with innovative solutions and implementing them most effectively. In the case of training operators worldwide, cost-effective and rapid deployment options have become the next step forward. Relocating instructors around the world with training equipment never was viable in the long term; in the current business environment, it’s simply not smart. Agility and effectiveness are.
Given the current restrictions on travelling, even if you were lucky enough to employ a multitude of skilled instructors, those assets aren’t used effectively if they’re unable to continue training new operators. In comparison, implementing remote training solutions enables a single instructor to train a number of operators across the world without having to relocate at all. Moreover, instead complicated, and potentially inaccurate calculations on the costs of a travel-based training mission, you can easily estimate the fixed costs of sending a portable remote training simulator to your trainees.
In an article published by McKinsey in 2020, the spotlight is directed onto a hard fact – COVID-19 did not initiate the paradigm shift but accelerated it. “Even before the current crisis, changing technologies and new ways of working were disrupting jobs and the skills employees need to do them.” Companies that are dependent on their workforce’s skill sets and operate in competitive industries can’t afford to stay behind with the implementation of the available next-gen technologies such as simulator training. Taking steps now will ensure they won’t fall behind their competitors in the near future.
Mevea’s Trainee and Instructor Stations
Implementing portable simulator setups alone is not enough to overcome this resource-intensive challenge. What enables the minimisation of instructor relocation is the use of Trainee and Instructor Stations.
Trainee Stations are portable simulator setups that can be sent anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. Given their manageable size, they fit into two suitcases, but are sent as cargo. The trainees receive the simulator, who then can independently install the full setup. Once ready, they can connect with their instructors through the simulator interface.
The simulator enables two-way communication between the trainee and the instructor, providing similar knowledge transfer and training effectiveness as having the instructor present.
Instructor Stations are centralised and generally static setups that allow instructors to train operators worldwide without having to relocate. The Instructor Station’s interface allows instructors to monitor training sessions from multiple perspectives, including webcam, free range-of-view in the simulation, and a more in-depth reporting view. Furthermore, the advanced reporting capabilities of the Instructor Station allow the instructors to monitor their trainees’ progress. In short, the ensemble allows the instructor to guide and train operators anywhere in the world, without having to relocate.
Q: What is required from the training location?
A: All you need is Internet access.
Q: Why should my company get a portable simulator?
A: It’s a cost-efficient, effective, and agile training solution for global-scale operation.
Q: How can we get one?
A: First, we clarify the scope of your needs, adapt the simulator to them, and deliver a ready solution.
Q: What is the cost?
A: The cost is dependent upon the degree of customisation and your needs. For more information, send us a contact request and we will be in touch.
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