Tradiebot launches ‘Ready Tradie Go!’, a digital skills program for automotive apprentices
Tradiebot has partnered with the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Education and key collision industry partners to launch ‘Ready, Tradie Go!’, a digital skills high school program designed to engage budding automotive apprentices.
The program utilises the latest Virtual Reality (VR) technology and a mobile app developed by the Australian immersive technology company. By employing immersive technologies that students are familiar with, the program successfully captures the students’ engagement and attention.
The pilot program was successfully launched in late November, where 56 students across three NSW North Shore high schools trialled Tradiebots new and innovative Tradieforce consoles. Through the two consoles, sponsored by NSW Education and Axalta, the students competed against one another to spray paint the best virtual car.
The Tradieforce Console is the first of its kind, combining an Intel NUC microcomputer equipped with an elite graphics card together with an Oculus Rift S VR headset. These technologies are paired effectively with the Tradiebot software to generate interest.
“By utilising virtual training, learner engagement is improved. With the real world disappearing when the user places on the VR headset, they become less susceptible to interruptions that may be occurring within the environment around them. Ultimately becoming more engaged by the material and are more likely to retain the information displayed,” states Peter O’Doherty, Senior project officer at the NSW Education Partnerships.
In the second stage of the program, students will visit the 3M Innovation Centre in Sydney in early 2021, where students will receive hands-on collision-based skills. From the initial 56 students, 38 have signed up to attend the second stage.
Mario Dimovski, CEO at Tradiebot and mastermind of the program, started his career at sixteen years old as an automotive plastic repair apprentice. Mr Dimovski is also the CEO and founder of Plastfix and the founder of WasteMotive.
“This has been one of the most rewarding projects I have had the pleasure to be a part of collaborating with our industry and education partners,” reports Mr Dimovski. “The Ready Tradie Go program is a great opportunity to showcase the advancements and opportunities that the collision industry offers with numerous exciting career pathways available.
“I started my career as a tradesperson and evolved into an industry pioneer, this serves as a great example that having a trade background can lead to amazing opportunities. This would not have been possible if I hadn’t started my apprenticeship, worked my way through the trade, progressing into management roles and eventually starting up my own businesses,” Dimovski added.
“We work in a great industry that is evolving with many exciting technology advancements and new career pathways to be created as vehicles transform into complex machines. This needs to be showcased and promoted using digital tools and out of the box programs to school kids, teachers and parents. Done right, we can overcome the skills shortage and re-ignite the flow of new apprentices.”
Plans are currently underway for the Ready, Tradie Go! Program to attend other high schools throughout NSW.
To find out more visit the Tradieforce website
Source: Tradiebot | Ready Tradie Go School Trade Skills Pilot a Winner
14 December 2020