Tradiebot has teamed up with the NSW Department of Education and key collision repair industry partners to launch Ready, Tradie Go!, a digital skills high school program designed to engage the next generation of automotive apprentices using the latest Virtual Reality (VR) technology and a mobile app developed by the Australian immersive technology company.
The initiative brings together industry stakeholders and global leaders such as 3M, Axalta Coating Systems, Capital SMART and the Australian Association of Progressive Repairers (AAPR). Together these stakeholders have collaborated to provide inquisitive students information on pathways from the classroom to an apprenticeship within the collision industry.
The pilot debuted last month to huge interest with 56 students across three high schools on the NSW North Shore using two of Tradiebot’s all new Tradieforce VR consoles, one sponsored by NSW Education the other by Axalta, enabling students to try automotive spray painting on a virtual car. Of these, 38 students have signed up to attend the second stage of the program and will visit the 3M Innovation Centre in Sydney in early 2021 to try hands-on collision-based skills.
The pilot shared promotional videos that showcased collision repair developments and a new look industry featuring the SMART collision facilities, state of the art Axalta training centres and a view into what the future holds for advancements in vehicle technology by 3M. This all works together to highlight potential careers in repairing or serving the vehicles of the future.
The Tradieforce Console provides school students the very latest in portable VR hardware and software, and what makes this so engaging is the integrated gamification of learning the fundamentals of various automotive trades, with an initial focus on spray painting. The console combines an Intel NUC microcomputer equipped with an elite graphics card together with an Oculus Rift S VR headset, which pair effectively with Tradiebot software to generate interest.
Ready, Tradie Go! offers high school students the opportunity to visit the Axalta Training Centre and 3M Innovation Centre in Sydney, and through this multi-step opportunity, students can gain a true understanding of what a trade career will offer within today’s society and highlight the multiple avenues for career progression.