Our vision

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

What we do

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 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. In 2017 Beacon Foundation assisted over 15,000 young Australians from just over 140 schools and communities.

Our values

  • Passion

    We are motivated to make a positive difference to the future of young people
    We go the extra mile to achieve the right outcomes and get the job done
    We use our passion and enthusiasm to inspire others

  • Team

    We are proud to be part of a supportive, collaborative team
    We respect our people and those with whom we work
    We build meaningful, lasting partnerships that we value

  • Professionalism

    We do what we say and act with uncompromising integrity
    We take pride in being professional, both in the way we act and our appearance
    We continually grow our own knowledge and stay informed

  • Flexibility

    We actively encourage change and challenge the status quo
    We are open-minded and flexible, adapting to different situations and people
    We understand the individual needs of our stakeholders and are respectful of their difference

  • Innovation

    We take the initiative to remain one step ahead
    We look for opportunities to grow and have the courage to put forward new ideas
    We actively seek creative solutions and reward innovation