Accounting software provider Xero has unveiled Xero Learn, an educational platform looking to help everyone from university students through to small business owners develop their financial literacy.
The platform is populated with more than 100 courses taking students through core and advanced accounting and financial literacy skills.
The platform allows users to set up dummy businesses, complete with data, on Xero, add in-app overlay within Xero to guide students through courses, and monitor student access and progress.
Unveiling the platform at the Xerocon conference in Brisbane this morning, CEO Steve Vamos said, “Xero Learn is about creating a hands-on learning experience in educational institutions to create quality, job-ready candidates for your firms.”
Xero Learn was first launched through an early access program last year, with the company collaborating with 30 educational partners, including the Auckland University of Technology, Macquarie University, and the University of Southern Queensland, on its development.
Anna Curzon, chief partner officer at Xero, explained that the platform looks to future-proof the way educators teach their financial lessons.
“By partnering with educators…we’re delivering on a joint mission to empower the next generation of accountants, bookkeepers and business owners with in-demand skills, knowledge and job opportunities,” she said.
“Xero is committed to investing in creating opportunities for ongoing training and professional development, leading to stronger and more assured small business growth.”
Dr Paul Wells, Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, added, “Learning from textbooks and on outdated desktop tools has made it very difficult to equip them with the accounting software skills they need to work in a modern day practice.”
Xero Learn was one of several new features and initiatives unveiled at Xerocon.
Among the other features announced by Vamos in his keynote was a greater focus on mobile, with users now able to create, send, and pay bills on their mobile device, an expanded global API to help fintechs and other institutions sync their data to Xero, and AI-powered invoicing.
Vamos said the company takes to heart its mission to deliver to its customers a beautiful experience, and is focused on innovating to ensure it continues to do so.
“Investing in innovation is fundamental in what got us to where we are, and our future,” he said.
Image: Steve Vamos.