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AR/VR training

Date released
5 December 2023
Request number
Release of information under
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

Information requested

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could I request the following information:

I am interested in the augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) training that you may deliver.

Augmented reality and virtual reality training is the digital simulation of lifelike scenarios for training purposes. Trainees enter a 360°, active learning environment, experiencing sights and sounds that dissolve the barrier between virtual and actual reality. Trainees look, speak, and move about freely in a 3D virtual setting, interacting with simulated real-world tools, machinery, and other trainees and instructors.

  1. What training have you delivered using AR/VR technology?
  2. Are you currently engaging and talking with AR/VR suppliers, and if so who?
  3. Which suppliers have you used for AR/VR training and what was their spend in calendar year 2023 to date?
  4. What is the percentage split of AR/VR training spend between training delivered to own staff versus training delivered to users of government/public services in calendar year 2023 to date?
  5. How much budget have you allocated for AR/VR training for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 calendar year?
  6. What public sector procurement route have you used to procure AR/VR technology from Jan 2021 to date?
  7. What public sector procurement route have you used to procure AR/VR design services of education training content from Jan 2021 to date?

Information released

We confirm that under s.1 of the FOIA, we hold some of the information you have requested.

We have not delivered and do not currently have any AR/VR training provision at ONR. We have made some initial enquiries with an organisation called Make Real but nothing has been forthcoming at present, nor any future budget allocation set. Any procurement would follow UK Government policy on public sector procurement and ONRs standard processes.

Further information

If a potential supplier wishes to engage with ONR, they can register interest as a supplier via ONR’s Procurement Portal developed with Delta e-Sourcing. Registering to the Procurement Portal is free of charge and allows suppliers to view all tendering opportunities that are specific to ONR’s critical business needs.

Exemptions applied


PIT (Public Interest Test) if applicable