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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 three schools will extend to Years 11 and 12 in 2017.

Collective Ed will value add to the Tasmanian State Government’s My Education Framework introduced in 2016. In addition to the three schools announced today, to take part in 2017, an additional three schools will be able to come on board in 2018.

Schools will work with local and global industry representatives to co-design and co-deliver lessons, creating engaging learning that aligns to relevant industry practice. Year 7-12 students will then have access to learning that is brought to life through real world application and opportunities to explore future work possibilities. Staff will be provided to each school to undertake this work. Each staff member will work with one of three core stakeholder groups involved, namely teachers, industry representatives and students and their families.

Each of this round’s successful schools tendered an Expression of Interest document, which was then assessed for eligibility in 2017.

The pilot project is funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the Tasmanian State Government. The Paul Ramsay Foundation, the biggest philanthropic organisation in Australia, is providing $10 million over five years, and the Tasmanian State Government is providing $5 million.

Beacon Foundation’s Project Director for Collective Ed, David Rose says,

 “Beacon has been at the centre of collaborative education in Australia for almost 30 years. We already link schools to industry in every state and territory around Australia, to provide opportunities for young people while they are still at school which help prevent disengagement and unemployment.

“This new project will have the advantage of doing this work in a more concentrated way, and we are confident it will achieve success”.

Simon Freeman is CEO of The Paul Ramsay Foundation, and says this about the announcement:

 “Congratulations to the three school communities for putting their hands up to be part of this bold initiative.  It is a pleasure to work with The Beacon Foundation and The Tasmanian Government to ensure that the collaborative education project is being built on strong foundations.

“We are taking Beacon’s wealth of experience, alongside the strong evidence for collaborative approaches and working with the individual schools to tailor a range of strategies to meet the needs of pupils.  What we learn from our endeavours will be of benefit, not just for the schools involved, but for the whole Tasmanian education system and beyond.”

One of the schools selected for 2107 is Jordan River Learning Federation. Its Principal Sandy Menadue says,

 “The project has the great capacity to demonstrate how relevant and meaningful education can provide hope and opportunity for our students.

“We are particularly interested in the strategic merit of developing strong industry and community partnerships in order to develop innovative educational and training packages that inspire learners, challenge traditional paradigms and create employment upon transition.”

Underlying the project is the fact young people without a Year 12 qualification are being locked out of the labour market.

Research has also shown that young Tasmania’s attitudes to, and choices about education are fundamentally tied to their community and family.

The Collective Ed. pilot project will be evaluated and reviewed within each school as it progresses.

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For Further Information

David Rose

Project Director – Collaborative Education

Beacon Fou ndation

Mobile: 0408 501 931

Email: david.rose@beaconfoundation.net

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New appointment marks the start of major project to help increase Year 12 completion

Media Release

17th November 2016

The Beacon Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of David Rose as Project Director of its major collaborative education project, which gets underway in Tasmania in early 2017. This five year initiative aims to increase Year 12 attainment in six Tasmanian schools from around 50% to 90%.

David is heading to Tasmania from Sydney to take up the position. A former teacher in Tasmania, and CEO of a not for profit organisation, David comes to the role with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help Beacon move into innovative territory.

The Collaborative Education Pilot Program, funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the Tasmanian State Government, will see intensive focus on Year 12 attainment in secondary schools that need it most. The investment of $10 million dollars from the Paul Ramsay Foundation, the biggest philanthropic organisation in Australia, is the most significant amount ever provided by a private donor to public education in Tasmania. The State Government is contributing $5 million to the initiative. David Rose says,

  “I’m thrilled to be working with the Beacon Foundation, which has such a great reputation for helping young Australians find their pathway to further education, training, and into employment.

 “This new project will focus on addressing one of Tasmania’s most pressing issues, which is low Year 12 attainment and as a former teacher here, it’s something I am passionate about.”

 For Beacon Foundation CEO Scott Harris, the appointment marks the formal beginning of an ambitious project, which could not only see an increase in year 12 attainment in Tasmania, but around the country.

 “David will be heading up one of the most transformative education partnerships ever to be delivered.

“We are truly excited to be bringing into the public education system increased resources that will allow further development of the Beacon methodology through co-construction with local communities. The model will enhance the State Government’s MyEducation framework, with a clear aim to lift the aspiration and motivations of young Tasmanians. Central to this is students’ regular exposure to Industry while at school.”

Mr Rose will head up the project which, in 2017, will roll out into three Tasmanian schools. Another three will take part in 2018. Beacon staff will work within the chosen schools. Each of these staff will have responsibility for a different sector – students’ families; the business sector; and the community around the school. In this way, the project will off a holistic approach to education.

The Beacon Foundation and Tasmania’s Department of Education are working together on this very important project.

Secretary of the Department, Jenny Gale, welcomes the appointment, saying:

I would like to congratulate David Rose in his appointment to the role of Project Director for the Collaborative Education Pilot Program. This is a critical step in the implementation of this exciting program.

“The Department of Education recognises the huge opportunity that is been offered through this joint program between the Beacon Foundation, the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the State Government, as we support our young people to get the best possible outcomes from their education.”

Mr Rose begins his employment with the Beacon Foundation mid-November, 2016.

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For Further Media Information and interviews:

Beacon Foundation

Scott Harris

Chief Executive

Mobile: 0407 884 384

Email: scott@beaconfoundation.net

 

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End Of Financial Year Appeal

ARE WE LOSING A GENERATION OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE?

We know that not completing Year 12 and not achieving well in school are predictors of later outcomes and that young people who are not fully engaged in education or employment (or a combination of both) are at greater risk of unemployment and employment insecurity in the longer term. Shockingly in Australia today 40% of young Australians in disadvantaged areas are not completing high school and nearly 30% of young Australians are unemployed or underemployed.

Beacon has the solution, but we need your help.

Beacon Foundation has a practical approach to address this situation, working with over 100 school communities across Australia.  It’s a supported community-led approach to collaborative education involving business, parents and schools supporting the education of our young people, helping them to be either earning or learning at this vulnerable transition point in their lives.

In this end of Financial Year Appeal we are asking for YOUR help to develop our new eBeacon initiative that will allow us to expand our reach to THOUSANDS MORE young Australian across the country, blending our on-the-ground work with a revolutionary digital platform.

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Beacon has DGR charity status so all tax deductions over $2 are tax deductable.

Together we can achieve real results to help change the future for a generation of young Australians across the country.

Thank you for your support.

Scott Harris
CEO
Beacon Foundation

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$15 million to revitalise education in Tasmania

Image Caption: (L-R) Paul Ramsay Foundation CEO Simon Freemam, Beacon Chairman Greg Woolley and Beacon CEO Scott Harris at today’s announcement.

 

Media Release

Wednesday 1 June 2016

$15 million to revitalise education in Tasmania

The Beacon Foundation, Paul Ramsay Foundation and Tasmanian Government today announced a partnership that will pilot a change to the way young Tasmanians are educated.

In one of the largest private investments in public education in Australia, the five-year project is funded by a $10 million commitment from Paul Ramsay Foundation, Australia’s largest philanthropic group, along with a $5 million co-contribution from the Tasmanian Government.

Building on the long term success of Beacon’s national education model, the initiative will directly increase resourcing for Tasmanian schools with a higher level of disadvantaged students. The project will focus on collaborative education, where businesses, parents and educators work together to provide relevant and engaging education.

Beacon CEO Scott Harris believes this announcement is a fantastic opportunity to address the issue of poor educational attainment in Tasmania. “We need a system that connects young people to the world outside the classroom, with more opportunities for students to develop ideas about themselves and what they want to do,” Mr Harris said. “With an approach that complements the existing My Education program, that’s built on a strong evidence base, trained and supported staff and substantial funding, we believe we can help at least 90% of students at the schools involved in the project successfully complete year 12.”

“We are delighted to be part of this partnership with Beacon and the Tasmanian Government,” said Paul Ramsay Foundation CEO Simon Freeman. “Paul Ramsay was a huge believer that a good education can empower and equip young people for success, which is why it forms one of the key areas of focus for the Foundation today. As an organisation we have been looking to invest in proven models that help drive systemic change across education and inspires young people to fulfil their potential and we see Beacon as an ideal model for this.”

Beacon Chairman Greg Woolley said, “Beacon is honoured to have received the support of the Paul Ramsay Foundation and Tasmanian Government to pilot this collaborative education model. Mr Ramsay was a remarkable Australian and I have no doubt that he would see this project as being particularly beneficial to young Tasmanians. We also appreciate the significant commitment of the Tasmanian Government, particularly of Premier Hodgman, Deputy Premier Rockliff and Minister Groom, in seeking to enhance the learning opportunities available to Tasmanian students.”

For Further Media Information and Interviews
Scott Harris
Beacon Foundation CEO
m: 0407 884 384
e: scott@beaconfoundation.net

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‘Beacon & Egg McMuffin’ Day 2016

McDonald’s and Beacon: Joining forces to raise awareness and funds for Beacon programs that work to up-skill and motivate young Tasmanians onto better futures.

We are delighted to announce that McDonald’s are once again partnering with Beacon to host our annual ‘Beacon & Egg Breakfast’ in Tasmanian restaurants on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016.

Please help to support and generate awareness of this exciting initiative by pre-ordering and spreading the word through your networks and on social media.

To pre-order simply email or hand in your order form to your local McDonald’s restaurant by Monday 21st March.

Pre Order Now      Thank you and we look forward to your involvement.

 

Look out for more information in Macca’s restaurants around Tasmania.

Tasmania North  Burnie, Devonport, Devonport Homemaker Centre, Invermay,  Kings Meadows, South Launceston, Ulverstone

Tasmania South Bridgewater, Hobart, Kingston, Moonah, New Norfolk, North Hobart, Northgate, Rosny Park, Sandy Bay, Sorell

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Federal Group and Beacon Join Forces for future TAS Hospitality Jobs

Media Release

Tuesday 23rd February

Federal Group and Beacon Foundation join forces for Tasmania’s future Hospitality Industry workforce

The Federal Group and Beacon Foundation are pleased to announce the establishment of a new partnership to assist young Tasmanian’s into careers in the state’s flourishing Tourism and Hospitality sector.

The partnership will provide secondary school students with access to a range of career exploration and work readiness activities at Federal Group locations around Tasmania and is aimed at promoting awareness of the diverse range of career opportunities that the sector has to offer both now and into the future.

The announcement comes after the successful completion of a Hospitality Industry pilot program with Country Club Tasmania that provided Launceston students the opportunity to participate in a work shadowing experience at 2015’s Mad Hatter’s Ball and has resulted in students undertaking employment with the company.
Federal Group Corporate Affairs Director Daniel Hanna said the company was looking forward to working with the Beacon Foundation.

“Federal Group is proud to be able to assist the Beacon Foundation to deliver on its fantastic projects, which have been shown time and again to have a positive impact on the lives of many young Tasmanians,” Mr Hanna said.

“The Beacon Foundation is one of many organisations Federal Group supports in delivering programs and outcomes for our communities, and it gives us great pleasure to play a small role in their valuable work.”

“Federal Group, as industry leaders, continue to promote careers in the tourism and hospitality sector and we are looking forward to showing students the great opportunities that can exist in the industry – both within the Federal Group and beyond.”

Beacon Foundation Chief Executive Scott Harris said it is a great opportunity to assist more young Tasmanian’s.

“The Beacon Foundation is committed to helping young Tasmanians transition successfully from education into employment – we are delighted to be partnering with the Federal Group who are leaders in an industry that is fundamental to Tasmania’s future.”

“These are exciting times for Tourism and Hospitality in Tasmania, and these partnerships will ensure the next generation of young Tasmanians fully understand the great opportunities that the sector can offer them,” Mr Harris said.

Country Club Tasmania General Manager Jackie Hutchinson said the new partnership would build on the success of a recent collaboration with the Beacon Foundation.

Country Club worked with Beacon last year to provide a number of young people with workplace learning opportunities, which resulted in a number being offered roles in the company.

“The opportunity to provide real-world experiences and on the job training for the young people that Beacon supports is so important, and we are fortunate to have caring and skilled staff to provide them with the guidance and training they need.”

17-year-old student Kyle Cox-McKinnon, who was a participant in work shadowing event last year, is now undertaking Commercial Cookery VET Course at Newstead College and is intending to seek a Chef Apprenticeship once completed.

“Working at the Mad Hatter’s Ball gave me a great taste of being a chef – I loved it and now have decided this is the career that I would like to pursue”

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For Further Media Information:
Nick Probert
State Manager – Tasmania, Beacon Foundation
m: 0459 027 877
e: nick.probert@beaconfoundation.net

 

 

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Beacon and Egg Breakfast – A tasty way to show you care!

We are delighted to announce that McDonald’s are once again partnering with Beacon to host our annual ‘Beacon & Egg Breakfast’ in Tasmanian restaurants on Wednesday, September 9th (6-10:30am), joining forces to raise awareness and funds for Beacon’s work in supporting Tasmania’s young people. Pre Orders Now Closed

 

‘Beacon & Egg McMuffin’ anyone?

$1 from the sale of every ‘Beacon & Egg McMuffin’ will be donated back to Beacon to support young Tasmanians!

 

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We are eager to get our message out to as many people as possible; all money raised will go towards supporting Tasmanian Beacon schools and programs!

Please help to support and generate awareness of this exciting initiative by pre ordering (now closed) and spreading the word through your networks and on social media.  How about getting your whole office together for breakfast to share in the celebration?

Pre Orders Now Closed

A tasty way to show you care!

 

Look out for more information in Macca’s restaurants around Tasmania.

Tasmania North  Burnie, Devonport, Devonport Homemaker Centre, Invermay,  Kings Meadows, South Launceston, Ulverstone

Tasmania South Bridgewater, Hobart, Kingston, Moonah, New Norfolk, North Hobart, Northgate, Rosny Park, Sandy Bay, Sorell

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Young Tasmanians prepare for work at Parliament house

This week Beacon conducted three High Impact Programs (HIPs) for young Tasmanian Secondary students at Parliament House, with support from partner My State.  Across three days 80 students from Claremont College, Cosgrove High School and the Jordan River Learning Federation were given the work readiness skills to help improve their employment opportunities, with students from Jordan River fortunate to have the opportunity to personally introduce themselves to the Premier and Treasure and to hear insights into their first jobs and the greatest piece of advice given across their careers to date.

For over 10 years Beacon’s HIP programs have been empowering young people with critical life skills, helping them to understand and develop the employability and social skills employers are looking for. The course content includes teaching skills to allow young people to converse with business people, appropriate dress codes in the business place and preparation for interviews.

Beacon have a unique approach to build a work ready, engaged and productive future workforce for Australia, by helping to combine the forces of schools, corporate Australia, business, community and family to provide powerful outcomes that each individual group cannot achieve alone.

Anthony Stewart (National Manager Social Enterprise at Beacon) said, “Beacon understands that the transition from secondary school to further education, employment or training is one of the most important in setting students up for success in life. We need to mobilise support for our youth while they are still at school.”

“Our HIP programs help make young people work ready, they give students the chance to directly engage with industry increasing their employment opportunities”, said Mr Stewart. “With our partners, such as My State, we are putting into place programs in Tasmania and across the country that actively make a difference.”

In 2015 Beacon’s HIP Work Readiness programs have been extended to include all secondary school years and also now includes co-facilitation opportunities for Industry partners.

More information about Beacon’s High Impact Programs can be found on our HIP pages.

Helping disadvantaged teens prepare for work

Hundreds of South Australian students are gaining vital skills through a get into work program, with some even landing their first jobs. Gertie Taylor reports

SA: Helping disadvantaged teens prepare for work

7 News SA : Hundreds of South Australian students are gaining vital skills through a get into work program, with some even landing their first jobs. Gertie Taylor

A great example of the work being done across the country by Beacon to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds gain valuable work experience that leads to real jobs.

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Beacon’s new COO Announced

Beacon is excited to announce David O’Byrne as our new Chief Operating Officer. David, former Minister for Economic Development and recent National Secretary of United Voice, will commence his employment in mid-July. This role will be critical in ensuring we are ready for the exciting growth period ahead and sharpen the focus on changing the way that young people are educated and employed in Australia.

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