Educational technology company Olive Group has today announced the early launch of its online training platform, My Virtual Tutor.

The Irish-founded group said it is launching the new platform early to help organisations who are struggling to train staff as coronavirus restrictions end to face-to-face training.

The new platform represents a €5m research and development investment by Olive Group to enable remote staff learning, upskilling and regulatory compliance.

Since it was set up in 2011, the company has trained more than two million people across the world and created digital learning content in 27 languages. 

It works in a variety of sectors including healthcare, nursing, pharma, retail,  construction, hospitality, manufacturing and education.

Olive Group also said today it is offering free and unrestricted access to its infection control hand hygiene course to any healthcare worker who wishes to avail of it.

Brendan Kavanagh, founder and CEO, Olive Group, said that organisations are turning to e-learning en masse, as it is a time-efficient way to train employees.

He said that by using engaging, immersive technologies such as virtual reality, it helps them to retain key information that they can apply on-the-job.

"Given the coronavirus challenge, we have accelerated the launch of My Virtual Tutor to help organisations to train staff while also keeping their employees and customers safe," he said.

"Like everyone else in Ireland, we were amazed to learn of the overwhelming response to the call for healthcare workers.

"These people are putting themselves at risk by volunteering to go on the front line to tackle this virus and we would like to do everything we can to help protect them by offering our infection control training courses for free," he added.