Ben Middleton

IRL Education was created by Ben Middleton with the aim of empowering young people with the skills and ideas they need to be successful in life.

Ben has worked at the coalface of innovation and technology, from the development of Australia's first banking App to Artificial Intelligence in department stores. He experienced first hand the huge changes to the way we live and work which are just around the corner, together with the skills young people will need to  succeed in the modern world.

His passion for education and desire to work on something meaningful and rewarding lead to the creation of IRL Education.

IRL is the collective effort of leading educators, industry experts, parents and students coming together to design engaging experiences which inform, inspire and equip young people with real world skills.

We're passionate about youth empowerment, education and the future, and are aiming to deliver meaningful experiences to young people everywhere.


WHy 'IRL'?

IRL is named for the popular meme of the same name, meaning 'in real life'. From ordering a pizza to booking a holiday, our modern world is so online that young people often forget that the skills which lead to long term personal and professional success are still found in real life.

Building and maintaining relationships, understanding your emotions, communicating ideas effectively, living healthily, managing your time and dealing with the inevitable ups and downs of life are all real world skills that young people need, and critically, know that they lack.