In high-risk sectors, the acquisition of specific safety skills is crucial to ensure effective operations and protect human life. During the learning and training phases, it is vital for operators to learn how to handle critical and emergency situations, using complex equipment and tackle significant risks.
In many areas, the conditions of the training itself can be risky, leading to the need to find new approaches for preparing operators. Of these, sectors such as health care, surgery, civil protection, the transport industry, energy and many others require training that is as accurate and safe as the operational activities that the professionals will then undertake.
One of the areas in which technology has shown to play a revolutionary role is the military field. Here, the use of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence has had a significant impact, demonstrating its effectiveness in providing realistic and efficient training. This has paved the way for a wider application of these technologies in fields such as medicine and surgery, enabling students to acquire practical skills in a safe and controlled environment.
The use of virtual environments in a learning by doing mode proved to be extremely useful. Learners can experience realistic scenarios, make decisions in emotionally stressful situations and tackle complex problems, all while receiving immediate feedback. This approach is particularly relevant in areas such as civil protection and the energy industry, where quick and correct action is vital.
Personal risk assessment is certainly crucial, especially in real high-risk situations. The use of immersive technologies, such as virtual reality, makes it possible to measure the risk appetite and develop strategies to deal with it effectively.
The challenge of lifelong learning in any case requires the adoption of advanced training systems, such as those based on the use of artificial intelligence. In addition to playing a crucial role in the organisation and personalisation of training courses, the analysis of the data and assessments derived from AI enables a generative collaboration between learners and technologies, generating new skills and knowledge.
In the context of risky procedures, such as those of rescue activities, the use of training technologies allows the operators to be immersed in emergency scenarios, where simulated activities allow them to gain experience without putting people or infrastructure at risk.
The application of advanced technologies and the constant improvement of responses according to the set objectives is in line with the principles of training and innovation. The use of immersive and multisensory technologies revolutionises training in high-risk sectors, providing virtual practice-based training that reduces risk, improves learning effectiveness and contributes to progress and innovation in areas critical to people’s health and safety.