Amongst the hordes of accountants and bookkeepers at Xerocon this year, we’re also seeing fresh faces representing an entirely different career path – education!
For the first time ever, we’ve invited educators to Xerocon, as we’ve just unveiled Xero Learn, the first cloud accounting platform designed and purpose-built solely for educators.
We introduced the Xero Learn concept at last year’s Xerocon, and I’m really proud of the solution we’ve built. Originally branded as the Xero Lifelong Learning Program (XLLP), Xero Learn supports educators to prepare courses and deliver financial lessons. It’s already being used by a small group of educators to help more than 1,000 students improve their financial literacy.
We’re working closely with more than 20 educational institutions, including Swinburne University of Technology, Auckland University of Technology, Macquarie University, University of Southern Queensland and AccountingPod, to fine-tune the design process, and we’re delighted that the innovative approach has already been publicly recognised – Xero Learn won the AFR Best Services Innovation Award at the Australian Financial Review Innovation Awards in July.
Gaining real-world experience is critical for our future small business leaders. Xero Learn provides students with not just a realistic experience, it’s completely immersive and equips them for the business world. It can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and best of all, because it’s cloud-based, students and their educators, such as Dr Cherrie Yang, senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), can be sure that it’s up-to-date and relevant.
“Our goal is to help our students be as prepared as possible to enter the workforce upon graduation. Learning from textbooks and on outdated desktop tools has made it very difficult to prepare them with the accounting software skills they need to work in a modern day practice. Now thanks to Xero Learn, our students can gain the skills they need to walk into an accounting role straight after graduation, add value and be successful,” Dr Yang said.
Keeping an open dialogue with educators will ensure that Xero continues to provide the best, most relevant tools for teachers and allow them to continue to effectively teach their students.
Technology is changing the world as we know it, and the next generation will need to continually re-skill and upskill to stay current in their profession. Starting that process at high school and university gives students a head-start and equips them with the expertise and knowledge that make them valuable employees or business owners. Building the financial literacy of the students of today is equipping the accountants, bookkeepers and business owners of tomorrow with essential skills, knowledge and job opportunities.
Through Xero Learn, Xero is committed to investing in the future generation, ensuring they are financially literate and prepared for the ever-changing business world that awaits them. I’m really excited about this platform because it will have a wide-reaching impact on the health of small businesses and the economy as a whole in the future. I can’t wait to roll it out more widely across Australia and New Zealand, and the rest of the world.