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!



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


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.

Watch 7News Story

Mercury: Beacon Foundation chief Scott Harris, left, with new chief operating officer David O'Byrne. Picture: LUKE BOWDEN

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.


Bellamee Davies said her work experience had prompted her to rethink her future. (ABC News: Craig Berkman)

QLD: Troubled teens gain training to ease transition from school to work

Thank you to ABC News for the coverage of a fabulous endorsement of the work of the Beacon Foundation. The impact of linking business with schools is invaluable. Hope we can help may more young people at Bundamba State Secondary College and our other schools around the country. Staples provide marvellous opportunities with workplace traineeships for young people who just need a bit of a helping hand.

Watch ABC Story

Reporter: Craig Berkman


Recruiting Closed – Chief Financial Officer

Thank you for your interest, applications are now closed.

We are looking for a Chief Financial Officer who is not only an experienced financial manager but who is also passionate about making a difference to the futures of young people and making a significant contribution to their local community.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, this role is an exciting opportunity to fully utilise your expertise to manage the day to day financial viability of the Beacon Foundation and provide strong leadership to further develop our financial processes and policies through consultation with the Chief Executive.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity please view PD.

To enquire about this position please contact Scott Harris (Chief Executive) on 0407 884 384.

To apply email your application including a cover letter and resume to

Applications close 14 June 2015


Education to Employment: Are we doing enough to support young South Australians to succeed?

Highlights from our Community Forum held in South Australia in March this year feature in the video below.
Forum Topic: Education to Employment: are we doing enough to support our youth in SA?

Event Details (Past Event)

Calling all South Australians! We’d love you to join the Beacon Foundation team in Adelaide on 3 March for an important forum to discuss how we can best support SA students to transition successfully from education to employment.

WHEN    Tuesday, 3 March 2015 from 5:15 PM to 7:45 PM (ACDT)
WHERE  The Hawke Centre (Bradley Forum), Level 5, 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA

This important Community Forum, facilitated by the ABC’s Deb Tribe, will explore and challenge the way we support our young people in their transition from school life to meaningful employment.

High levels of youth unemployment are of grave concern. With pockets of the state harbouring some of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country, we need to challenge ourselves to ask if we are doing enough to support our youth in their preparation for life after school.

Our community has a responsibility to support young people to successfully transition from education to employment. Schools are often ill-equipped to carry that responsibility alone and the entire community, from schools to training organisations and business, has a role to play. If you believe ‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’, then we need to mobilise support for our youth while they are still at school. A whole community effort will go a long way to avoiding generational cycles of welfare dependency.

Join Bill Lawson AM, Chair of the Beacon Foundation, Zoe Bettison, Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion and Minister for Youth, and other prominent education, community and business leaders in this ‘Q & A’ style forum.

The forum will ask why we have so many unemployed young people. Are we teaching our young people the skills they need to prepare for the world of work? What inspiration, opportunities and experiences are we giving students to explore potential pathways? How do we fulfil the needs of local employers?

Discover the views and ideas of our panellists and explore the role you can play in building a better future for our young people.

We would also welcome your attendance after the forum for refreshments, networking and further discussion. When you register, please take the opportunity to add a question that you would like the panel to consider. We will attempt to cover as many questions as time allows during the panel session.

The Beacon Foundation acknowledges the support of The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre for their assistance in the planning of this event and in making the Bradley Forum available.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Mandy Rossetto, SA Manager, Beacon Foundation

Have questions about Education to Employment: Are we doing enough to support young South Australians to succeed? Contact Beacon Foundation


2015 National Award Categories

Beacon National Conference Award Winners 2015

Schools from across Australia were recognised for excellence in careers curriculum at the Beacon National Conference awards ceremony held on Thursday, April 29 in Sydney.

More than 50 schools were represented at the National Conference, proudly supported by Staples and Holcim Australia, was held in Sydney over two days , with the National Excellence Awards a highlight of the agenda.

A total of 11 awards were presented to schools, students and teaching staff who have displayed consistently high levels of excellence across a broad range of components within the Beacon program.

Beacon CEO Scott Harris paid tribute to all schools within the program for their dedication to helping students on a positive pathway to further education, training or employment once they leave school.

Keynote speakers at the conference, themed ‘Education to Employment: The Next Generation’ included Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director, Alison Watkins; Dr Suzy Green D.Psyc.(Clin.) Founder of The Positivity InstituteMichael McQueen, Social researcher and bestselling author; Ted Noon, Principal of Ashcroft High School in Sydney.

Beacon National Conference Award Winners for Careers Curriculum Excellence 2015

Best Business Partnership Group
Sponsored by: Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
Winner: Maroochydore State High School

Beacon Innovation
Sponsored by: Macquarie Group Foundation
Winner: Salisbury East High School (STEM Wings project)

Beacon New School of The Year
Sponsored by: InterContinental Hotels Group
Winner: Parklands High School

Best Beacon Business Blackboard
Sponsored by: Origin Energy
Winner: Parklands High School

Excellence in ‘Education to Employment’
Sponsored by: Cummins South Pacific
Winner: Mabel Park State High School

Best Integration of Beacon into School Curriculum
Sponsored by: Smartline
Winner: Southern River College

Beacon School of The Year
Sponsored by: Komatsu
Winner: Salisbury East High School

Real Futures Generation Young Person Of The Year
Sponsored by: Bupa
Winner: Daniel Saville, Plumpton High School and Komatsu, and Joseph Brown, Maroochydore State High Schooland Holcim Australia (Joint winners)

Best Leadership
Sponsored by: Stockland
Winner: Southern River College

Beacon Alumni School of the Year
Sponsored by: Clayton Utz
Winner: Mabel Park State High School

Hall of Fame
Sponsored by Holcim Australia
Winner: Steve Plowright, Campbell Town District High School

A BEACON Charter signing event, with special guest speaker and performer, CCAF advocator Sarah De Bono

Career Chats

‘Workers’ from across Australia representing a wide range of industries and career paths are registered on eBeacon to be available for a scheduled ‘Career Chat’ with an educator.

Teachers can request a live ‘Career Chat’ to ask any questions they or their students or even parents may have at all regarding specific roles, career pathways, industry practices etc. By accessing experts, teachers can ensure their information is current, accurate and ‘real’!

Teachers may be seeking this information to inform their classroom delivery with real world relevance, or they may require clarification on details of specific industries or jobs, or perhaps answer a question posed by a student.

What do I have to do as a ‘Career Chat’ volunteer?

A time investment of approximately 20 minutes from volunteers will allow teachers and students to get a greater insight into your choice of career via a live informal online chat.  The ‘Career Chat’ is as simple as using the typed chat message similar to Skype or Lync messaging, a small investment of time that can easily be done without leaving your desk!

Teachers can access you through eBeacon’s ‘Career Chat’ register and together you can schedule a time to chat. Please click here to contact the eBeacon team and register your interest.



Southern Area Manager - Hobart Recruitment Job

Recruiting Closed – Southern Area Manager (Hobart)

Thank you for your interest, applications are now closed.

The Beacon team requires a dedicated, experienced and inspiring Southern Area Manager to join our dynamic team, working with our staff, businesses, schools and communities to assist more young Australians onto positive pathways.

The role will work closely with the Tasmanian State Manager primarily aiming to assist Beacon schools to develop strong relationships with local business connections with the view to increasing educational attainment & creating employment pathways for young people.

The ideal candidate will be a proven team player and have strong relationship management and networking skills, be highly organised, possess the ability to build strategic relationships and display first class communication skills.

Importantly, you will be motivated to help make a real difference to the lives of young people.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity.


Applications Close 4 May 2015