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Simulation is accelerated learning of the real environment, without risk and learning from mistakes in a safe environment. Simulated training is where theory and workplace experience are done in a much faster time than in the real environment. Research indicates that five days in the simulation is equivalent to twenty-five days spent in the workplace.
Simulation sit in soft, medium and hard technology like Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality. It is also referred to as experiential learning, action-based learning, case-based learning, experienced-based learning and demonstration-based learning.
The benefits to the employee, the employer and the industry is found in more than just building skills but also the consequential benefits derived from the simulation in the form of time and motion savings and performance benefits. Workplace simulation can be used for upskilling a new system, process, or industry change, as well as refreshing all employees’ skills sets.
Practicing activities and functions in a simulated process proved to give participants more confidence to execute tasks and minimized their fear of making mistakes. The affirmation found in Gladwell’s (2008:42) statement that “practise isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing that you do that makes you good”.
Simulated Training is done in the following fields of business:
- Business Administration
- Sales Excellence
- Freight Forwarding and International Trade
- Customs Compliance
- Supply Chain Logistics & Management