Xero's 'lifelong learning' plan to stop you becoming irrelevant at work
"Beautiful" accounting services company Xero has a plan to prevent you becoming irrelevant at work.
It's unveiled a "lifelong learning platform" at its glitzy Xerocon event in Melbourne, which it says will "democratise" education.
Xero founder Rod Drury announced the launch saying it would help users keep their financial and business skills up-to-date as technology transformed working lives.
But it wouldn't be just available to the accountants and businesses using Xero's services.
The learning platform would be accessible to everyone, from anywhere, at any time, Xero said, "democratising education for all", and potentially giving Xero a pipeline of future clients.
And it wouldn't only be business skills being taught.
There would be a focus on educating people to better manage their personal finances.
Drury told Xerocon the company was working closely with education experts and institutions, including Swinburne University of Technology in Australia to create and deliver courses available online initially in Australia and New Zealand, and globally in 2018.
Xero's Anna Curzon, who began her career with ASB, said the globalisation of technology had reshaped the way people worked, but it had also created a need for lifelong learning if people were to stay relevant in the workforce.
"Handling finances, both personal and business, is a necessity for everyone, from school-age students to retirees. Yet many neglect this important life-skill," she said.
"Xero lifelong learning platform allows students to grow their financial literacy to help prepare them for the real world."
Xero believes the platform will enable businesses to better manage the continual upgrading and training of their staff.
It would also make it easier for individuals to manage their own ongoing educations.
"Students and people reskilling (using lifelong learning) will always be working on the latest version of the tools used in business, not the out-of-date desktop technology still taught across the world," Curzon said.
As the gigging economy expands, and more people patch together incomes from a portfolio of contract work, Xero believes demand for its services to manage invoicing, payments and tax will grow.
Users pay monthly subscriptions to use Xero's services.