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Training goes virtual

Thursday, 1 April 2021 ( #1019 ) - Auckland, New Zealand
T&G Global is harnessing virtual reality technology to recruit and train drivers
T&G Global is harnessing virtual reality technology to recruit and train drivers
Agricultural giant T&G Global is harnessing virtual reality technology to recruit and train Hawke's Bay locals in positions it's struggling to fill, particularly forklift drivers. The company has partnered with a government program to deliver a Supply Chain Cadetship which offers job seekers a two-week comprehensive forklift training program utilising the latest virtual reality (VR) training technology. Upon completion, candidates are given employment for 11 months across T&G's Hawke's Bay operations. T&G Global head of change and capability Anna Fraser says there's a nationwide shortage of qualified forklift drivers, making it a hot skill to have in several industries, especially horticulture. "In the peak apple season, we employ around 75 forklift operators in Hawke's Bay to help in our packhouses and cool stores," she explains. T&G Forklift Academy Training Program already trains over 50 forklift drivers a year nationwide. "By using VR technology, we can replicate the physical environment so our people can be trained safely in a very immersive and realistic way. It enhances their learning experience, and, importantly, builds confidence, skills and experience." Upon the completion of the two-week training, the trainees join T&G's team where they gain experience and skills in different areas of the business, including machinery operation, quality control and orchard husbandry.
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