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Xero Learn launched to train the next generation of accountants

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Xero, the global small business platform, today unveiled Xero Learn, an award-winning- solution designed to give future small business leaders, accountants and bookkeepers the financial literacy and accounting skills needed to build better businesses.

Swinburne University of Technology, University of Southern Queensland, Auckland University of Technology, Macquarie University and AccountingPod are among the first institutions to onboard, giving their students access to world-class accounting tools.

More than 1000 students have been invited into Xero via Xero Learn to access over 100 courses that help teach core and advanced accounting and financial literacy skills with real-

world examples and world-class accounting tools on Xero. Xero is now rolling out Xero Learn, which is the first product of its kind, across both Australia and New Zealand.

Using Xero Learn, educators can teach their financial lessons directly within Xero, giving them global access to small business accounting software that’s always up-to-date with the latest features and compliance reporting. Educators can integrate Xero into their curriculum, giving businesses and accounting students real-life experience.

Xero Learn allows users to: set up dummy Xero businesses loaded with data to be used in their lessons add an in-app overlay within Xero to guide students through the course content manage and monitor student access to ensure guided learning throughout the course material.

Since launching an early access programme in 2017, Xero has worked with more than 30 educational institutions to fine-tune the design of Xero Learn. Xero’s dialogue with its educational partners will continue to ensure Xero Learn provides the best, most relevant tools for teachers.

Xero Learn underscores the close relationships that Xero continues to forge with a range of partners. For the first time ever, educators have been invited to attend Xerocon Brisbane 2018, where they’ll take part in sessions designed to provide them with an in-depth understanding of how to use Xero Learn and Xero to deliver optimal lessons for their students.

"Xero Learn will revolutionise and future-proof the way educators teach their financial lessons," said Anna Curzon, Chief Partner Officer at Xero. "By partnering with educators such as the Auckland University of Technology, University of Southern Queensland and Macquarie

University, 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. 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 (AUT), said, "By using Xero Learn, 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 equip 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."

-Xero Learn was the winner of the AFR Best Services Innovation at the Australian Financial Review Innovation Awards 2018.

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