Alabama’s primary workforce development agency, AIDT, is partnering with Hyundai Power Transformers and a company specializing in VR to transform jobs training program.
The partnership with Transfr, an immersive startup, is expected to develop cutting-edge job training that job seekers and manufacturing professionals can access.
“By putting this powerful solution in the hands of employers like HPT, we’re helping them to make good on their commitment to hire Alabama residents for good-paying manufacturing jobs.” Ed Castile, deputy secretary, Alabama Department of Commerce and Executive Director of AIDT.
“This is about not just meeting the training and safety needs of industry partners, but also creating a repeatable and cost-efficient approach that can be applied in the context of other heavy industries, such as aviation and shipbuilding.” – Ed Castile.
“This is an application of VR technology that extends well beyond what many of us are familiar with from gaming or consumer apps. It’s about harnessing the potential of immersive learning to train and certify employees on critical, in-demand skills at unprecedented scale. It’s providing employers like us with a powerful new tool to train, recruit and hire talent right here in Alabama.” – Tony Wojciechowski, Chief Human Resource officer at HPT.
At the core of this program is a simulation of HPT’s manufacturing facility designed by Transfr. Workers gain first-hand experiences with complete safety protocols. The training program is helping to improve compliance as HPT employees learn how to operate cranes within OSHA standards.
“Alabama is leading the way in harnessing the potential of technology to unlock economic opportunity for citizens across the state. This is about expanding access to complex and high-stakes training to fulfill the state’s workforce development goals and fulfill growing demand from major manufacturers like HPT.” – Bharani Rajakumar, CEO and Founder, Transfr.
Transfr a New York-based company, has worked with other companies like Alabama Power and Mazda Toyota Manufacturing. Transfr is also partnering with the Alabama Community College System and is also connected in Jumpstart AL.
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