Vienna Test System (VTS) – “full range” assessment
- Job specific aptitudes
- Cognitive ability
- Personality & behaviour
- Perceptual abilities
- Psychomotor abilities
Specialist psychomotor assessment – assess fitness to operate vehicles and machinery
- Control movement abilities
- Reaction Time and Speed
- Fine motor movement and dexterity
- Multi-limb co-ordination
- Concentration, attention, and vigilance
- Time and motion anticipation
- Visual and auditory sensory and perceptual abilities
- Psychomotor stress tolerance capacity
Input devices available for the VTS
The VTS has a range of input devices (that attach to a desktop or laptop computer) to capture and measure user responses while conducting various psychomotor tests. Examples of input devices include:
- Standard Response Panel – 7 colour keys, 10 number keys, 1 sensor key, 1 connection for foot-operated keys
- Universal Response Panel – 2 twist knobs, 2 joysticks, 7 colour keys, 10 number keys, 1 sensor keys, connection for foot-operated keys
- Motor Performance Series Work Panel – holes of different diameters for steadiness, a groove with several bends and angles for tracking, 2 x 20 contact points for aiming, two small metal plates for tapping
- Left and right operated foot pedal keys
- Peripheral Perception Panels – light diode matrix on each side, light stimuli from the centre to the periphery of the visual field, ultrasound distance measurement
Industry specific test batteries
- Plant Operators
- Administration & Clerical
- Customer Service
- Frontline Supervisors
- Professionals & Management
Downloads to view example industry test batteries:
VTS catalogue for Traffic and Driver assessment: Vienna Test System TRAFFIC 2012
Overview of the test battery for professional drivers: SAROAD Safety Assessment Road
Overview of the test battery for the rail industry: SARAIL Safety Assessment Rail
Overview of the test battery for the aviation industry: SAAIR Safety Assessment Aviation
The business benefits
The financial impact of improved operator performance
While the impact on operational safety of hiring better performing drivers and operators is self evident and compelling, its impact on a company’s bottom line is just as impressive. Most industries recognise that the performance of individual drivers and operators makes a big difference in terms of productivity, efficiency and maintenance costs. For example:
Research in the mining industry shows that the variation between an average operator and a good one can be 12% – 20% in terms of productivity, and between a poor operator and a good one can be up to 50% improvement in productivity.
In the rail industry the performance difference between the bottom 10% and top 10% of train drivers is estimated at $76,000 per driver per year in productivity alone.
In Australian open cut coal mining, the productivity difference between the bottom 10% and top 10% of dragline operators is estimated to be at least $1,750,000 per operator per year.
All of these estimates are considered to be conservative. Many believe the true cost of poor vs good operators is 5 – 10 x these numbers. Given that the VTS can predict at the recruitment stage whether job candidates will be good performers, its value in terms of increased productivity, fewer accidents, lower maintenance costs, and reduced staff turnover, can be enormous and is achievable.
Proven tests with high validity
Options for acccessing VTS tests
The VTS platform is available for use in Australia via a range of flexible options which can be easily tailored to client specific needs.
- In-house Purchase – VTS workstation licenses with the required VTS testing hardware can be purchased from SCHUHFRIED Australia packaged with recommended training for in-house HR / Recruitment teams to quickly become self sufficient in the operation of the VTS platform and report interpretation.
- Outsourced Testing & Assessment – SCHUHFRIED Australia’s service arm VEEDRE at Toowong in Brisbane, is a well established testing service with a fleet of 30 x VTS workstations and on-site organisational psychologists. The facility can handle up to 150 candidates for testing per day. Clients simply send candidates to VEEDRE for testing and our psychologists provide candidate profile reports, analysis and advice to clients. This service is suitable for large testing numbers, with test service facility day rates varying subject to candidate test volumes.
- Outsourced Testing & Assessment Onsite – VEEDRE also provides a mobile fleet of VTS workstations for on-site testing services anywhere in Australia. Our psychologists travel to client sites as required to operate and deliver the full outsourced service.
- In-house Subscription – VEEDRE can also provide VTS workstations on a subscription basis for in-house operation. Training and ongoing support is provided by organisational psychologists to ensure successful in-house operation and report interpretation.
SCHUHFRIED operates globally with 41 international offices and distributors including SCHUHFRIED Australia (www.schuhfried.com.au) operating from Brisbane, Queensland. The Vienna Test System developed by SCHUHFRIED is used to conduct some 12.5 million test sessions per year in 67 countries and is available in 27 languages. By way of example, it is used extensively in Africa throughout most of the sites for BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo Coal plus various sites for Vale and Barrick Gold.