Making the transition from being a kid to adulthood is a huge step for every young person. It's often fraught with challenges they're not prepared for, from managing money to managing relationships, and everything in between.
IRL (In Real Life) Education bridges the gap between school curriculums and the skills students need to become happy, healthy and balanced young adults.
We draw ideas from around the world and through the ages into activity based seminars, workshops and intensive courses for students in Years 7 to 12.
why are life skills so important?
Today's students are Australia's first generation to be worse off than their parents. Real wages are falling, University degrees aren't the guarantee of a job they used to be, and the pace of innovation means students graduating today will work an average of 17 jobs over 5 careers in their lifetime.
At the same time, social media is redefining the way the connected generation engage with the world, youth depression and anxiety are rising and youth debt is at never before seen levels.
Young people are facing diverse challenges, and need to be prepared with diverse skills to match.
“There is a critical mass developing within the educational community that is suggesting that life skills should be clearly available to the broader student population.”
- ASIC School Financial Literacy Discussion Paper
"There's a real mismatch between what students are studying and paying for and what's going on in the marketplace. We can't just educate them the same way we've always done, we need to prepare them for new pathways and give them the skills to compete in the new workforce."
- Foundation for Young Australian's CEO, Jan Owen
“Young people were concerned about things that we didn't think about - they were concerned about housing, they were concerned about how to pay their taxes, how you go about renting, how to raise a family.”
- NSW Advocate for Children & Young People, Andrew Johnson
IRL Education was established by Ben Middleton after experiencing first hand the disconnect between what's taught in schools and the skills young people need to be successful in life afterwards.
His passion for empowering young people lead to the creation of IRL Education, which brings together a diverse range of thought leaders, industry experts, educators, parents and young people, working together to ensure our programs address the life skills young people need.
Our classes are taught for young people, by young people, who live in the same digital world students can relate to and learn most readily from.
KNOWING IS NOT ENOUGH, WE MUST APPLY. WILLING IS NOT ENOUGH, WE MUST DO.
We aim to work closely with schools to make sure our programs fit your needs.
Get in touch with us today for more information, or to arrange a free consultation where we can run through our classes in more detail and answer all your questions.