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Barclays directs budding recruits into VR room to learn life skills


By John Glenday, Reporter

April 20, 2016 | 1 min read

Barclays has embraced virtual reality as a tool for teaching life skills to young people, by commissioning a custom virtual reality room in which potential recruits are put through their paces.

The hi-tech recruitment process casts aside traditional internships in favour of a ‘Lifeskills Pod’ in which students are closeted away within an ‘immersive work experience simulator’.

Kirstie Mackey, head of LifeSkills at Barclays, said: "LifeSkills believes that young people need to be given the opportunity to develop the core and transferable skills that employers are looking for now and in the future.

"Against the backdrop of a lack of work experience opportunities, we need to do even more to bridge the gap between education and work by providing a range of different experiences for young people such as the LifeSkills Pod."

Once safely ensconced within occupants are put through their pixel paces via a series of interactive tasks set by their disembodied employer.


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