Clyde Training Solutions showcasing new virtual reality offering at WindEurope Electric City 2021

Offshore, renewables and maritime training provider Clyde Training Solutions is embracing virtual reality to ensure workers are as prepared as possible to safely operate in the offshore wind industry.

Clyde Training Solutions (CTS), which is based just outside Glasgow, is producing virtual reality training simulations for offshore, renewables, maritime and marine workers to ensure they are more than just compliant with their industry’s regulations.

And the company has been invited by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) to demonstrate the technology and the benefits it can bring to the renewables sector on its stand within the Safety, Skills & Training Zone at the WindEurope Electric City 2021 event in Copenhagen, which takes place from November 23-25.

John Abate, CTS Global Head of Training, said: “We are proud to have been invited by GWO to show delegates first hand the impact the virtual reality system can have for them. It is fantastic to receive endorsement from such a well-respected organisation, and I am looking forward to meeting friends old and new in Copenhagen.

“We believe the technology really can improve the competency and therefore safety of people working in hazardous environments. This will ensure they are performing to the best of their capabilities, which will be to the benefit of them and their company, and I look forward to showing delegates this in-person.

“With our competency beyond compliance ethos, we want to ensure anyone who comes through our doors isn’t just compliant with the standards expected of them by their industry, but also confident in the training they are receiving. With realistic representations of hazardous environments, and users receive a lasting and accurate experience as part of a blended learning package, we will help properly prepare them for whatever they might encounter offshore.”

Recent studies, including the PwC ‘Seeing Is Believing’ report, have shown virtual reality provides some staggering learning enhancements, with the translation of training content to a virtual environment dramatically increasing long-term knowledge retention, forming muscle memory and reducing learning times of procedural based activities.

With the changing work environment across industries leading to a blended learning approach that allows delegates to undertake refresher training, CTS has worked with Aurora Digital Solutions – a company which is also part of Northern Marine Group – to develop the technology.

Jamie Roberts, Digital Innovation Manager at Aurora Digital Solutions, said: “We have identified a number of opportunities to leverage the power of VR as part of a blended learning approach and have created a number of bespoke solutions that look to use the technology to heighten learning objectives and provide long-term behavioural change.”

As well as refining skills, CTS believes the offer will also help new entrants to industry build their confidence, with training of this nature enabling delegates to fully immerse themselves in realistic and engaging environments. This also gives them the chance to practice critical and sometimes dangerous training scenarios, from the safety of a virtual environment, just a short distance from Glasgow city centre, ensuring the faci