WORKPLACE DIRECTOR JLL has appointed Andrew O’Donnell as its new UK Real Estate and Workplace Director.


TRAINING PROGRAMME Chubb is launching an innovative new virtual reality (VR) fire safety training tool to re-create fire-related situations without leaving the classroom.

The ‘YouRescue’ training programme, developed in conjunction with Wanadev, is the latest addition to Chubb’s existing training offering.

Businesses through their HR or security managers, want to expose their employees to the reality of fire- related incidents to underscore the importance of fire safety training and ensure a practical understanding of how to respond in such situations. The new VR training tool addresses this challenge.

Easy to use and employing the latest innovative technologies, the YouRescue programme is made up of a 30-minute theoretical group course followed by an individual, practical VR course. For the latter, the trainees are led by an expert instructor who stands by their side during the immersive and realistic experience. In one day, two groups of 15 people can be trained, totalling 30 people. Both sessions can be completed in just 40 minutes.

The advantages of VR training Using a headset connected to a powerful laptop, the trainee is immersed into a realistic, three- dimensional (3D) situation. In the YouRescue “Fire at the office” training programme, the trainee is in


an open space and has to extinguish a fire coming from a dustbin, a printer or an electrical cabinet.

YouRescue is also a simple-to-deliver training experience for the coach because setting up the material takes less than five minutes and can be performed in a reduced space of minimum two metres by two metres. The second part of the training, individual practice, can also be performed in the same place as the first theoretical part in a simple meeting room. It is not necessary to ask the group to move outside their offices.

The VR training allows each participant to put their theoretical course learnings into practice, which enables trainees to better retain the message. The YouRescue virtual reality scripts empower participants to take initial actions before professional help arrives. The experience also provides the participant with a score that allows them to measure their performance. This can be shared with other colleagues or simply analysed with the trainer to ensure corrective action.

YouRescue was created by the technological company Wanadev, located in Lyon. The development of YouRescue relies on a growing network of ambassadors such as training companies or independent trainers willing to operate their digital transformation. worldwide/news

Andrew will work closely with JLL’s operations, smart buildings, workplace strategy and Tetris teams to deliver improvements across its UK workplaces and building facilities.

Andrew joins from EY, where, as EMEIA Real Estate leader, he delivered solutions to 90,000 people across 9 million sq ft of office space. He led the EMEIA ‘EY@Work’ workplace programme, creating activity-based workplaces across EY’s locations and building EY’s approach to flex spaces, including at EY’s new 280,000 sq ft London office.

“Andrew’s passion for innovation in real estate and his 16 years of experience managing large-scale change programmes was why we recruited him as we continue to progress our own workplace strategy,” said Richard Howling, UK COO.

He continued: “We know that having the right working environment strongly contributes to employee happiness and therefore to the success of a company. By hiring a recognised leader, with proven experience of driving an accomplished workplace programme, we will not only support our own workspace transformation, we will trial and showcase ideas and new technology, to keep us at the forefront of developing brilliant workplaces and can best advise our clients to achieve the same benefits.”

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