Haileybury’s program to fast-track innovation and future-ready skills

Chris Hoffmann, Chief Growth Officer at HEX

With jobs of the future demanding the next generation to be more innovative, critical and creative thinkers, Australia’s leading school Haileybury is taking action to equip their students with entrepreneurial and job-ready skills. It has launched its exciting new program, Haileybury Enterprise Academy, in collaboration with HEX (startwithhex.com) – a Melbourne-based, award-winning education tech firm that provides innovation and entrepreneurship courses.

Haileybury is a multi-award-winning pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 independent school based in Melbourne with more than 6000 students across its six locations in Australia and overseas.

As one of the most entrepreneurial schools in the country, it combines innovative teaching methods with small class sizes and a strong international focus dating back to 1892. Recently, Haileybury announced its plans to launch Australia’s first online private school.

What is the market offering of Haileybury’s program?

Haileybury Enterprise Academy is based on the university-level HEX Ed Innovation program, which has been co-designed by HEX and tech giants Atlassian, and is targeted towards high school leavers. It will be delivered as an extra-curricular online program open to Year 10 and 11 students in all Aussie campuses, and completed in their own time at their own pace.

Through the program, students will learn tools and strategies to be innovative and entrepreneurial in any context, including start-up businesses and tech companies, existing businesses, the public sector, and social enterprise. They will also learn how to succeed in a virtual, competitive innovation-led world, and increase their entrepreneurial abilities by combining real-world and theory-based techniques and applying it to the startup ecosystem.

In addition to the self-paced online learning and fortnightly check-ins with Haileybury Head of Entrepreneurship Damien Meunier, students will also have regular mentoring with the HEX team and industry experts including Leon Belebrov, Principal Product Manager, Mobile at job search site Seek; Shoaib Iqbal, Chief Executive Officer & Founder of satellite technology startup Esper Satellites; and a host of technologists from tech giant Atlassian.

They will also be exposed to the Melbourne startup ecosystem and meet with founders, investors and technologists via “HEXcurisions”. For high school students, it’s an experience they otherwise would never be able to have, and one that could guide them on their careers.

What were the executives’ thoughts on the program?

HEX Chief Growth Officer Chris Hoffmann, said: “We are thrilled to launch our first high school partnership program with one of Australia’s most entrepreneurial schools. We believe young people and the next gen need to be exposed to learning pathways and future opportunities to unlock their full potential and help them design and build the world they want to live in.”

“With the future workforce changing at a rapid pace and innovation being pivotal across all areas of business, it is an exciting time for us to challenge the traditional education pathways and see how we can further children’s skills and experiences sooner in life. We look forward to forging partnerships with more forward-thinking education providers to deliver a new kind of learning that keeps pace with the changes of tech, the workplace and the real world.”

Haileybury Head of Entrepreneurship Damien Meunier, says: “We are excited to be partnering with HEX to offer this innovative new program to our Senior School students and young innovators. We understand how important it is to equip our students with the entrepreneurial skills and mindset they need today to thrive in an uncertain tomorrow. Our vision is that the Enterprise Academy will become the crown of the Entrepreneurship programs at Haileybury.”

Upon completion of the Haileybury Enterprise Academy, students can receive ‘recognition of prior learning’ in various business courses at pre-approved universities nationally, including RMIT University, University of Wollongong, and other institutions.