Site Safe New Zealand launch VR training courses for New Zealand’s construction industry


The future of training is here with Site Safe New Zealand’s first virtual reality (VR) health and safety training courses for New  Zealand’s construction industry. Learners in Auckland can now book VR formats of the Foundation Passport Building Construction  and Civil courses. VR courses will be rolled out in Wellington and Christchurch in late 2023.

These VR courses, developed with industry and in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development and SkillsVR, are designed  to provide health and safety training through a virtual onsite experience that accurately simulates hazards present in a real  construction environment and eliminates the risk of making mistakes.

Compared to traditional classroom learning, VR training is more time efficient, cost effective, and accommodating to people with  different learning styles. It delivers consistent training content and results in high learning outcomes.

Job seeker Jacob Hedley was the first person to complete the VR Foundation Passport training course, and in just one-and-a-half  hours he gained his digital Site Safety Card with a green ‘Foundation’ indicator and important skills that would help him in his search  for a job.

“I was actually blown away, I told my missus, I told my brother-in law, father-inlaw, and a friend over in Australia,” said Jacob.

As a key sector currently facing a skilled labour shortage, the development of VR health and safety training is an innovative way of  getting people ready for work in the construction industry.

“It’s important that we are doing all we can to ensure that construction is seen as a safe and attractive sector to work in,” says Site  Safe Chief Executive Brett Murray.

“By utilising technology such as VR, Site Safe continues to lead in providing innovative and effective ways of delivering workplace  health and safety training.”


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