Entries by Penny Younger

School-Industry partnerships must grow – Beacon Foundation welcomes Mitchell Institute report

  A new report by Mitchell Institute, called “Connecting the worlds of learning and work” is welcomed by Beacon Foundation, with its findings confirming our experience. Mitchell Institute’s research focuses on the role that school-industry partnerships play in developing the knowledge, skills and capabilities (including STEM skills) that young people need for the future world […]

Youth unemployment rate demands greater attention

The national unemployment rate of 5.4% for June 2018, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), is the lowest it’s been for five years. But, youth unemployment remains at least double that in more than 60% of Australian regions*. The national youth unemployment figure stands at 11% and is much higher in many areas. […]

Ministers urged to work quickly on national education review

Beacon Foundation welcomes the latest review into school education in Australia with CEO Scott Harris urging Education Ministers to act swiftly to implement the changes they’ve largely agreed to. Of particular importance is the review into years 11 and 12, and the need to lift the importance of career education.   ‘Through Growth to Achievement: […]

GOAL! making STEAM subjects shine

A new way to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Maths (STEAM) has just been unveiled. The online program of teaching resources, called GOAL! is accessed through eBeacon and is a collaboration between The Huddle (North Melbourne Football Club’s not-for-profit) and Beacon Foundation. Beacon CEO, Scott Harris is excited about the program, […]

Three new schools come on board Beacon’s big education project for Tasmania – ‘doing education differently’

Port Dalrymple School at George Town, Deloraine High School and Sorell High School will start their journey ‘doing education differently’ with Beacon Foundation’s ‘Collective ed.’ project from 2018. Beacon Foundation CEO and Director of Collective ed. Scott Harris joined Tasmania’s Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff and school principals at Port Dalrymple School in George Town […]

Brewing up a great partnership – young Australians to benefit

Young people in communities around Australia are set to benefit from a new fundraising initiative, launched by cafe group Jamaica Blue. Students from Blacktown Girls High School were invited to a special breakfast on Friday 13th October, along with Foodco employees and representatives of Beacon Foundation to mark the start of the program. The breakfast […]

Innovation in IT sees eBeacon secure National recognition

  Beacon Foundation is striving to be at the forefront of innovation in delivering its online platform eBeacon – and now this unique work has been recognised on the national IT scene. eBeacon is the first of its kind in Australia, facilitating online communication between secondary school teachers, industry volunteers and students. It enables Beacon to […]

SA Government building stronger work education focus

  The South Australian Government has invested $220,000 into a collaborative project that is delivering exposure to different employment pathways and important work readiness skills to high school students in the northern and western suburbs of Adelaide. Education Minister, Hon. Susan Close MP will visit a Beacon work readiness program in action on Monday 29th […]

First schools announced in ‘Collective Ed’ pilot project

The first three Tasmanian Secondary schools to take part in a unique and potentially transformative education project have been announced. Jordan River Learning Federation, Rokeby High School and Ulverstone High School will be part of the first phase of the Collective Ed project, which has the aim of drastically improving Year 12 completion rates. These […]