A new kind of workforce is entering the job market. Is your company ready?
Called by many names — millennials, GenY, GenZ — this is a workforce composed of some of the most well-educated and technically savvy individuals to enter the job market.
It’s a workforce composed of people who use technology to get things done. They are comfortable with automation, simulation, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. In short, they are the kinds of workers you need. And every industry is competing for them.
What can the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) industry do better to attract this fresh talent to join their driver teams? Are there new ways to bring them in and keep them? The answer is yes and, like many introductions, it all starts with first impressions.
How NextGen simulators will help attract and retain young millennial talent
Most EMS companies rely on their corporate websites to attract initial candidates to their company. But leading firms go further, using simulators and other forms of virtual reality to engage candidates in the initial application process and then again throughout their careers.
Using NextGen’s high-fidelity EMS simulations in the hiring process can sell a millennial candidate on a lot of positive omens about a company. It tells them the company is comfortable applying leading-edge technology in new ways. That’s the kind of first impression that can attract sophisticated candidates looking for a long-term career.
It’s good for your company, too. NextGen EMS exercises give hiring managers a full suite of data on applicants that can predict their success as large vehicle drivers. Recruitment teams can use this information to determine a candidate’s skills, confidence, and knowledge in new, more meaningful ways.
Once they’re hired, millennial employees have high expectations of the companies they chose. Here, again, simulation can help.
Benefits of using a NextGen simulator for training
Simulator-run training can be a powerful tool for continuous learning. It can build performance skills needed in hazardous conditions such as municipal flooding and health emergencies at the state or national level. And it can help continuously refresh skills in situations involving insufficient lighting, traffic snarls, icy conditions, multi-vehicle collisions, or road closures.
Additionally, simulated driver training helps drivers learn the following:
- Accident Avoidance
- Perception and Anticipation
- How to Navigate Traffic with a Deadline
- Traffic Management
Simulated driver training often incorporates counterintuitive training, encouraging the drivers to experience a situation repeatedly until they appropriately adapt. This kind of training relies on a combination of mental and physical memory, which are impossible to practice safely on the road.
NextGen scenarios are easily modified and replayed—impossible in traditional training—creating experiences that leave strong, lasting impressions that build skills and confidence. Better trained drivers have fewer accidents, spend more time on the road, and are easier on equipment. That can translate to better CSA scores.
NextGen training saves money in other ways as well. It doesn’t require a truck, which means it doesn’t need fuel or open areas to maneuver. This means less risk to companies, equipment, workers, and even communities. And with fewer engines idling, NextGen EMS training is much better for the environment and saving fuel and money. With drivers being trained in a one-on-one setting, this means there are more drivers on the road working—and fleets aren’t losing important productive time.
Companies that work hard to attract and retain millennials will be the ones that are best equipped to define and build the technology that drives EMS services in the future.
Please contact us to find out how you can use NextGen EMS training to attract millennials, build skill and confidence in the younger workforce, and build loyalty and retention for their long-term success in your company.