Highways England training control room operators virtually

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 07/22/2020 - 9:15pm

One of the great strengths of virtual reality (VR) is its ability to allow users to experience real-world training scenarios, without endangering them, colleagues or the general public.

That is why Highways England (HE) turned to London-based virtual reality specialists MXTreality, when a new training programme was required to help control room operators better understand the impact of their actions on the customer satisfaction of motorists using the strategic road network.

This was the first such training programme delivered by HE and it quickly demonstrated the...

Staying safe: Local firm adapts to marketplace changes

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 - 10:56am

Southwest company SSG Training and Consultancy have had a very busy 12 weeks – keeping local delegates trained and helping many local businesses return to work.

Not unlike many other companies, SSG had to quickly adapt when COVID-19 meant training venues closed their doors in March. SSG understood the need to broaden their service delivery to meet the needs of a changing environment. This included the provision of online training to help those working from home or remotely to still meet their training needs and to allow companies to return to work with a skilled and informed team...

New training to help ministers experiencing trauma due to coronavirus

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 06/17/2020 - 3:14pm

Ministers struggling with trauma caused by coronavirus will get special training to help them cope with the challenges of the pandemic.

The new training, held online for small groups from next month, will support clergy’s physical and mental health and help them to understand their current feelings as well as reflect on the issues they currently face.

The training, developed as part of a University of Exeter research project examining trauma in church congregations, is informed by lessons learned in the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster, the terrorist bomb in Manchester...

Training bystanders to intervene will help to prevent domestic violence and abuse, study shows

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:58am

Empowering people to intervene when they witness unacceptable behaviour can help to prevent domestic violence and abuse, a new study has found.

Specific training for bystanders makes them “significantly” more confident to take action when they see or hear wrongdoing related to domestic abuse in their community, according to the research.

A total of 81 per cent of participants reported being more likely to intervene when they saw wrongdoing after the training, this increased to 89 per cent four months later.

This is the first academic study to examine a bystander...

Charity funds new hairdressing salon so Hair@theAcademy can continue giving vulnerable young people a head start

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:49pm

Exeter-based Hair@theAcademy, a unique hairdressing training salon and only one of its kind in the UK, announces the move to larger premises to continue their uplifting good works. The charity administered by the Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers and Shearmen of Tuckers Hall in Fore Street, Exeter, has generously funded the new salon space located in the heart of the City. ‘Cornerstone’ a freehold property based in Kimberly Road and formerly owned by Isca Church, has been purchased by the charity and will be rented to Hair@theAcademy.

Mary Pugsley MBE, a senior state registered...

Experts create free online PPE training for NHS staff

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 04/23/2020 - 12:32pm

Digital training experts have responded to the coronavirus pandemic by rapidly making new personal protective equipment (PPE) training for NHS staff.

Experts in training and human performance from Cineon Training and the University of Exeter switched focus several weeks ago to help the NHS.

The new online training is based on VR tuition which teaches nuclear workers how to use protective clothing. It has been created for online use, for easy access by NHS workers.

The training, based on current Public Health England guidelines, is ready for use and will support...

Learn Devon launches free online training in response to impact of pandemic

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 04/16/2020 - 5:58pm

A new range of free courses developed by Learn Devon in response to the coronavirus pandemic is launching today. Learn Devon, who provide adult and community learning courses on behalf of Devon County Council, is offering its full support to anyone looking to get back into work, or for those who want to improve their digital skills, and improve wellbeing. Enrolment is now underway for Learn Devon’s free online training which will start on Friday 1 May. Initially the programme will offer a range of digital courses, which will be delivered online. As it progresses, the programme will see...

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Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 12/13/2019 - 11:41am

If animal training makes you think of tricks and shows, think again. Top zoos use training to improve animal welfare, reduce the need for risky general anaesthetics and to keep both animals and people safe.

For example, bird keeper Sam Gray has trained Alfie Junior the Southern cassowary – as tall as a person and part bird, part dinosaur – to follow a target, which means she can get him in his house easily and safely. For reptile keeper Tom Wilkinson, training Pierre the mangrove monitor lizard to walk calmly into his crate means you don’t need to catch him up – a procedure that...

BMW Rider Training South West Owner, Chris Lake and BMW Chief Instructor, Ian Biederman

BMW Motorrad opens new Rider Training Centre in Exeter

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 - 11:53am

BMW Motorrad has opened a new Rider Training centre in Exeter to bring the brand’s top-quality road skills training to experienced riders, plus those new to motorcycles. The South West centre boasts its own training pad and even a private network of roads to enable riders to refine their skills away from traffic as part of their tuition.

The new Rider Training school joins already established BMW Rider Training sites in Royston, Stoke-on-Trent, Darlington, and Edinburgh, offering the same comprehensive selection of training for those who are learning to ride, through to the RoSPA...

Miryam Ley (left) will be undergoing pilot training with L3 Airline Academy

Exeter College Student Takes Flight Thanks to Groundbreaking Scholarship

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Fri, 09/20/2019 - 7:08pm

A former Exeter College student is helping to break the glass ceiling in the aviation industry, having secured a landmark £25,000 scholarship with pilot training provider L3 Airline Academy.

Miryam Ley, 18, is set to follow her father’s footsteps on to the flight deck having been selected as one of only 10 successful applicants across Europe for the L3 Pilot Pathways Female Scholarship; a new scheme designed to help more women in to training to become a pilot.

The scholarship application process involved Miryam undergoing stringent aptitude examinations as well as group...