Plextek creates a skills assessment system to enhance military training

21 April 2016 (Last Updated April 21st, 2016 18:30)

UK-based electronics design provider Plextek has developed a virtual-reality skills assessment system to identify candidate training needs and enhance the training programme for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

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UK-based electronics design provider Plextek has developed a virtual-reality skills assessment system to identify candidate training needs and enhance the training programme for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), the new solution will help identify a range of cognitive skills that military personnel require for their jobs, reducing problems for the MoD regarding cost and equipments during the training programme.

The solution will enable the evaluation of individual in areas, such as multi-tasking, time challenge, spatial awareness, navigation, and recall-ability.

Plextek Business Development consultant Peter Doig said: "We're pleased to have continued our successful relationship with CDE, securing six projects across four themed competitions in 2015.

"We're pleased to have continued our successful relationship with CDE, securing six projects across four themed competitions in 2015."

"This has led to Plextek's wider collaboration within Dstl and MOD, the UK Defence Solutions Centre, and across the defence supply chain."

The company plans to partner with behavioural scientists to look at the potential application of the solution for a range of military and civil-service roles.

In a separate development, Close Air Solutions has demonstrated a new training method for UK soldiers using simulation software.

The solution features augmented-reality headsets and advanced head-tracking techniques, enabling training in live environments using virtual objects such as aircraft, enemy personnel and vehicles.


Image: The virtual reality skill tests requiring the user to navigate, perform a spatial awareness exercise, and multitask. Photo: courtesy of Plextek.