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Online and virtual reality training


Changing industry culture, Careers and recruitment, Digital and new technology, Learning resources, Sectors and roles, Small employer support, New qualifications and courses

Hire Association Europe

University of the West of England; HireTrain

Great Britain




The project is based on Hire Association Europe’s objective to invest in new technologies and make training more readily accessible to a wider audience using innovative solutions including 360 degree video, 3D animation, Virtual and Augmented reality and Oculus Rift. 

Project delivery methods will include online, mobile, tablet and virtual reality.  Topics will cover all of the construction industries key areas.

After the project, the 12 modules will be released through HAE tool hire depots so that VR training inductions can be delivered to customers and logged on a learner management system. The 12 modules and their digital assets will also be published through HAE's 'Project pHAEton' which will create a content creation and learning platform as part of CITB's Immersive Learning commission.

  • Migrate existing small tools H&S hire training
  • Develop 5 new modules to VR platform and
  • Test with pilot group of 30 users
  • Develop guidance and make available to sector

01 Nov 2016

31 May 2019

End of project summary

The project finished in May 2017.  Some of the VR modules for tool hire training have been developed but at the end of project funding the format was still in its testing phase.  The prototype has been widely demonstrated.

Read HAE report (PDF 1MB)