Project Overview

PROJECT DELIVERABLE

To promote career exploration by jobseekers and students through innovation, the LEPC will work with employers to create virtual reality workplace tours.


project timeline

October 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020

 

Project Status – IN PROGRESS

We have compiled existing virtual reality and 360-tours for workplaces in our region in a Virtual Reality Workplace Tour library on our website, and have identified Google Cardboard as the technology for our 2-3 original virtual reality workplace tours, which will be hosted on Google Expeditions and Youtube. We have identified workplaces to participate in our initial tours, and will be filming and developing tours throughout October 2019 to January 2020.

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Project rationale:

To address the skills shortage in Windsor-Essex by fostering the development of a workforce that is ready to fill future vacancies in various industries, Workforce WindsorEssex has promoted first-hand experience between students and workplaces through successful tours. Through involvement in Manufacturing Day and Take a Walk in My Shoes, we have received positive feedback from the community and have made advancements towards our mandate to facilitate regional workforce development. However, physical tours have their limits: employers and tour facilitators are limited in their capacity to host and organize workplace tours, and tour groups often cannot access workplaces that are hazardous or unsafe. Certain workplaces are also limited in their ability to host large groups.

To leverage advancements in the affordability and accessibility of virtual reality technology, and to make local workplaces accessible through virtual experiences, we will create virtual reality workplace tours that immerse users in workplace working conditions. The LEPC will identify a suitable technology for the tours, then select at least three workplaces that would be suitable to showcase. A virtual reality tour developer will plan and shoot footage, and produce virtual reality experiences that will connect students and jobseekers to workplaces. The LEPC will share these VR experiences online and broadly in the community.

 

Project Contact:

Julian Villafuerte, Project Coordinator and Researcher

226-674-3220 ext. 850