What we do at Beacon

We are working to create an Australia that understands, cares and is motivated to support young people to successfully transition from education to meaningful employment. We build connections between industry, education and the community to create real world education in schools that is relevant and engaging for young people in the 21st century.

Our Vision

To reach, inspire and connect Australia’s future workforce.

Our Mission

To revolutionise school education.

Our History

The Beacon Foundation, established in 1988 in Tasmania, has grown to become a national not for profit organisation, operating in all Australian states and territories.

We believe every young person has the right to hope, a job, financial opportunity and the sense of personal success this provides them. Beacon focuses on disadvantaged communities and areas of high youth disengagement and unemployment, where the risk and the need are greatest. We work with schools, businesses and communities to help bring relevance to the curriculum, and inspire young people to think about careers and experience the workplace, long before they leave school. This helps school retention rates and teaches real-life skills, preparing them for the workplace.

Beacon will assist over 15,000 young Australians from just over 140 schools and communities in 2017.

Whats happening?

Emergency services, hospitality, local council, construction. These were just some of the industries represented at a Speed Careers event held in the north-west of Tasmania.

Year 10 students from Devonport High School and Reece High School got together and were lucky enough to hear from more than 30 people - volunteers - representing a huge variety of job sectors.

In true 'speed dating' style, small groups of students rotated around the different career 'stations' - finding out exactly what people do in their job and how they got there.

Events such as this can open students' eyes to job possibilities - helping improve their knowledge and often increase their aspirations about what they can achieve.

Thanks to Reece HS for hosting and Devonport HS for taking and posting these great pics!

#ausyouth #education #skillsforyouth
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Emergency services, hospitality, local council, construction. These were just some of the industries represented at a Speed Careers event held in the north-west of Tasmania. 

Year 10 students from Devonport High School and Reece High School got together and were lucky enough to hear from more than 30 people - volunteers - representing a huge variety of job sectors. 

In true speed dating style, small groups of students rotated around the different career stations - finding out exactly what people do in their job and how they got there. 

Events such as this can open students eyes to job possibilities  - helping improve their knowledge and often increase their aspirations about what they can achieve.

Thanks to Reece HS for hosting and Devonport HS for taking and posting these great pics!

#ausyouth #education #skillsforyouth

So much of Beacon's work is about partnerships, particularly between schools and representatives of business and industry. But as Kings Meadows High School's post shows, this partnership extends to groups of schools too.

This time, high schools in northern Tasmania came together to train as Beacon Student Ambassadors (BSAs) - to find out how students taking on this role support and run Beacon activities.

Thanks to Kings Meadows for hosting and for students from Prospect High School, Tasmania, Deloraine High School, Brooks High School, and Scottsdale High School Tasmania for taking part.

BSAs, elected from within the student body, help their peers by taking on a leadership role in implementing the Beacon approach in their school and community.
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So much of Beacons work is about partnerships, particularly between schools and representatives of business and industry. But as Kings Meadows High Schools post shows, this partnership extends to groups of schools too.

This time, high schools in northern Tasmania came together  to train as Beacon Student Ambassadors (BSAs) - to find out how students taking on this role support and run Beacon activities.

Thanks to Kings Meadows for hosting and for students from Prospect High School, Tasmania, Deloraine High School, Brooks High School, and Scottsdale High School Tasmania for taking part.

BSAs, elected from within the student body, help their peers by taking on a leadership role in implementing the Beacon approach in their school and community.

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