About Us

Virtual Apprentice is a convergence of virtual reality and workforce development experts.

who we are

Virtual Apprentice is a woman owned small business with the blended talents of experts from the fields of economic and workforce development and new media creation. We are particularly committed to uplifting the unemployed and underemployed in the workforce – across all demographics – and we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their potential.

why we do this

We recognized the capability of emerging media to substantially improve on current one-to-one training and teaching practices, and our clients are particularly amazed at what virtual reality can do for them. Our immersive and novel learning platforms offer users more engaging training experiences at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional training, with the added advantages of scalability, portability, and safety. The learning experiences that have been uplifted by Virtual Apprentice programs include a virtual Postal Service K-8 social studies curriculum, as well as virtual reality experiences that teach the mysteries of bioluminescent life, train new automotive service recruits, and guide Air Force trainees through the complexities of cyber networking.

Our Solutions

Virtual Apprentice tailors our innovative training and professional development experiences to instill enduring skills and build your workforce pipeline. Our solutions:

immerse users in a simulated environment that replicates their workplace, where job training and professional development exercises are carried out in real time.

entail experiential learning-by-doing that greatly increases the quality and retention of instruction, and offers in-depth  analytics to measure performance.

answer the remote learning and working challenges presented by COVID-19 with virtual training and teaching tools that can be deployed anywhere at any time.

increase empathy in educators for their students, leading to better learning outcomes.

allow for safer training in a virtual environment before users engage in real world training and face real risks to person and equipment.


Virtual Apprentice designs experiences that are tailored to an organization’s unique culture and business operation, using research-backed training methods.

We are proud to partner with the University of Pennsylvania, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Mindgrub of Baltimore on virtual solutions to COVID-19 challenges.

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    U.S. Air Force

    The 338th Training Squadron, USAF, is responsible for training every Air Force cyber transport technician in the world.

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    U.S. Postal Service

    A series of virtual reality experiences is designed to lure new and younger audiences to stamp collecting by bringing new stamp releases to life through VR.

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    Auto Service

    Apprenticeships are increasingly important as career pathways for the next generation of skilled workers.


Who We Are

Dr. Ellie Giles

Ellie is Managing Partner and Director of Business Development at Virtual Apprentice, responsible for innovative technological solutions that address talent gaps across multiple industries. Applying the knowledge and experiences gained through her previous roles as CEO of WorkSource Montgomery, Inc and COO of Montgomery County Business Development Corporation and Professor at Johns Hopkins University, her expertise connects economic opportunities with individual growth and learning. Ellie is a nationally recognized speaker and was named by the Daily Record as one of Maryland’s top 100 Women.

Ann Powers Reilly

Ann is Managing Partner and Creative Director at Virtual Apprentice, and Principal at Powers Media. Ann is responsible for the concept and development of original XR content for clients, with a focus in education. Her projects have included the award-winning five-part VR series on Bioluminescent Life, a VR program for K-5 students on Sea Level Rise produced for PBS, a three-part VR series on nature education, and the animated Soar with Dragons experience produced for the US Postal Service.