Serious Labs partners with college for VR training
By Lindsey Anderson10 December 2020
Edmonton-based Serious Labs and Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC), located in Alberta, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to bring VR training technology to GPRC’s students.
“We are excited to be a part of GPRC’s learning initiative right here in Alberta that recognizes the importance of advancements in training and technology in a shifting world,” said Jim Colvin, president and CEO, Serious Labs. “This partnership is synergistic with our own goal of increasing learning engagement and collapsing the gap between vocational training and jobsite readiness, particularly during the added challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In Q1 2021, Serious Labs will introduce its mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) operator training simulator into a pilot program with the intent of developing a series of micro-credentials to ensure that GPRC apprentices are jobsite ready. Existing skilled tradespeople will also have the ability to augment their jobsite readiness. The initiative will create an added benefit to employers and site owners who will be able to reduce the time and expense of providing additional training to employees, the company said.
“GPRC’s administrative strategy, 5GPRC, prioritizes innovation, partnership and the commitment to how our College will provide modern and innovative learning experiences for students in our region,” said Robert Murray, president and CEO, GPRC. “This partnership is a catalyst in ensuring GPRC delivers these opportunities to future learners and industry leaders in our region. Working with Serious Labs allows GPRC to continue to build strong relationships with industry and create jobs that advance the diversification of our economy well into the future.”
“GPRC is well-known for its innovative approach to post-secondary education, particularly in the skilled trades and apprenticeships. Their intention to utilize training tools such as VR simulators demonstrates their next generation thinking,” said Colvin.
Serious Labs has delivered VR solutions for multiple companies across the world, including: United Rentals, Bechtel, DOW, Syncrude, the U.S. Department of Energy, Shell, Singapore International Airport, British Airways, Rapid Access, Loxam, Riwal and Nationwide Platforms.