A 3D career construction app has won the UK Career Development Award for Best Use of Technology in Career Development.
The win was for the Virtual Reality Careers in Construction app, developed through Skills Development Scotlands’s My World of Work Live! programme with partners the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Heriot-Watt University and Animmersion UK Ltd.
The three mini games use Virtual Reality to highlight career opportunities within the construction sector.
The programme has also launched a free app on the Google Play Store called Virtual Project Manager. It takes young people inside an animated 3D world where they are in charge of building new homes.
My World of Work Live! is a set of interactive exhibits and activities designed to inspire young people’s interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
The awards are run by the Career Development Institute and aim to promote excellence in career development, as well as celebrating successes in the profession.
The awards were handed out at a ceremony in Leeds last night.
Louise Chisholm, My World of Work Live! Senior Programme Manager said: “Every free, fun My World of Work Live! experience is about hands-on learning – building, making, designing – and makes the best use of the latest technology to engage and inspire.
“To see the programme nominated is a testament to the innovative work of the SDS team and our partners to inspire young people’s interest in STEM careers.”
“To have that work recognised by the UK Career Development Awards is a huge honour.”
John Keenan, CITB Scotland’s Partnerships Manger said: “What a fantastic achievement to have the app recognised in this way.
“We hope that it will enable young people to experience construction and inspire them to get involved in the development of Scotland’s built environment in the future.”
Dr Frédéric Bosché, Associate Professor, Heriot-Watt University said: “Getting young people excited about STEM careers requires us to better communicate the range of careers on offer, using the tools and technologies they consider exciting.
“We believe that the VR games developed through this collaborative project successfully achieve both. The games develop a practical understanding of what different construction disciplines are actually about; this should help young people make better-informed decisions about their learning and training, and ultimately their selection of professional careers.”
Sam Harrison, Director of Animmersion UK Ltd said: “Working on this project with the three partners was a very rewarding experience. We were able to develop innovative new ways of bringing educational messages and content to a young audience and the results are truly remarkable. The use of virtual reality as a means of educational and training engagement offers boundless possibilities.”