The Beacon Core Community Model is a holistic approach to addressing low school retention rates, engagement and transitions in disadvantaged schools. It is a long term sustainable method of addressing youth unemployment and hopelessness, giving help to young Australians who need it most. Beacon acts as a conduit to bring the school, community and local business together.

Over a three year period, it coaches the key players through the process to work together on shared objectives, delivering a range of activities that enable young people to be work-ready. This results in young people with raised aspirations, confidence and motivation. They leave school with the 21st century employability skills that employers are looking for. Communities have a greater understanding and a heightened sense of belonging and ‘ownership’ that comes from providing long term solutions for their young people.

Beyond the three year core program, Beacon continues to support alumni schools through an online portal where schools, businesses and communities can share knowledge, access resources, and keep up to date with new opportunities.

Core elements of Beacon’s Model

  • Collaborative Classrooms

    Collaborative Classrooms are facilitated workshops that bring educators and business people together to share knowledge, build capacity and to co-develop collaborative teaching tools that link industry practices to the curriculum.  It aims to deliver real outcomes to businesses, schools and students through a collaborative and innovative approach.

  • Business Blackboards

    A Business Blackboard is a collaboration between business and educators to co-develop and co-present an experiential lesson that embeds authentic work practices and formal learning.  Informed by curriculum experience, a Business Blackboard provides insight  and relevancy to students about careers and opportunities.  It enables access to role models and exemplifies people who illustrate success to an investment in their own education and efforts. Students engage with a way of thinking that brings a curriculum area to life and applies relevancy to the curriculum.

  • Business Partnership Groups

    A Business Partnership Group is a formal structure that enables businesses and community to actively contribute to the development of their young people.  It is a community owned, local group formed from members of local businesses, community and the school that supports the Beacon program. It aims to build and reinforce the sustainability of the whole Beacon program within the school and community by building strong relationships and networks.

  • Work Exploration

    Employer-driven, inspirational workplace experiences are regularly undertaken by students and teachers to explore the world of work.  This leads to increased industry knowledge and develops 21st Century job skills in the participants.  It is the authentic, innovative and creative experiences that make an impact and could include, but not be limited to, work experience, mentoring and the Beacon program.

  • Online Tools and Resources

    School and community access through connected interactions is provided to best practice resources covering authentic industry exposure, professional development through a knowledge bank, career development focuses and linking work and learning.

  • Alumni Community

    Beacon schools that are experienced in running the Beacon program and have well-developed local partnerships in place, continue to be supported through an online network ‘eBeacon’, and remain strongly connected to Beacon and the Beacon network.  Within this environment, Alumni schools can continue to access opportunities for engagement with business partners and employment.  The Alumni Community enables and fosters continued development and ongoing success of the application of Beacon learnings.

  • Employer Engagement

    There are many ways in which a business can participate in Beacon programs to suit staffing, time and budgeting considerations.  Opportunities vary from one-off, single staff member involvement, right through to multiple event activities, involving a large number of staff, and reaching a large number of schools.

  • Charter Signing

    The Charter Signing Ceremony is a formal community event that annually celebrates young people’s commitment to seeking a positive future pathway. It involves inspirational and motivational role models and the public signing of a pledge where the students commit themselves to achieving personal success through a positive pathway in further education, training or employment.

  • Industry Tours

    Industry Tours allow students to experience different work sites first-hand and give students an insight into the variety of career paths available. Industry exposure educates students as to the different types of jobs at that business and the culture within it.

  • Speed Careering

    Speed Careering provides students with up-to-date and firsthand information about a broad range of potential future career options. In a fast-paced dynamic ‘speed dating’ style a diverse range of businesses present to students about their industry and career paths.

  • Mock Interviews

    Mock Interviews assist in preparing students for their first real job interview and the world of work.  It provides them with an opportunity to practise their interview skills with members of the business community and receive feedback. The students are expected to prepare a cover letter, a resume, to dress appropriately for the interview and to arrive punctually at their allocated time.