Site Safe


The future of training is here says Site Safe New Zealand following the launch of the first virtual reality (VR) health and safety training courses for New Zealand’s construction industry.

From August 15, 2023, learners in Auckland can book VR formats of the Foundation Passport Building Construction and Civil courses through the Site Safe website.

These VR courses are designed to provide health and safety training through a virtual onsite experience, accurately simulating hazards present in a real construction environment and eliminating the risk of making mistakes.

Compared to traditional classroom learning, VR training is more time efficient, cost effective, and accommodating to people with different learning styles. It delivers consistent training content and results in high learning outcomes.

Developed with industry, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development and SkillsVR, the Foundation Passport courses set the standard for health and safety training and knowledge in New Zealand’s construction industry.

Job seeker Jacob Hedley was the first person to complete the VR Foundation Passport training course, and in just one-and-a-half hours he gained his digital Site Safety Card and important skills that would help him in his search for a job.

“I was actually blown away, I told my missus, I told my brother-in law, father-in-law, and a friend over in Australia,” says Hedley.

As a key sector currently facing a skilled labour shortage, the development of VR health and safety training is an innovative way of getting people ready for work in the construction industry.

“By utilising technology such as VR, Site Safe continues to lead in providing innovative and effective ways of delivering workplace health and safety training,” says Site Safe chief executive Brett Murray.

“It is important that we are doing all we can to ensure that construction is seen as a safe and attractive sector to work in. Training plays a big part in building the competence and confidence of our workforce to produce good work outcomes.”