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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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.

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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


Recruiting Closed – Executive Assistant (Hobart)

Thank you for your interest, applications are now closed.

A great communicator, passionate, flexible, energetic, a team player? Sound like you?

We are looking for an Executive Assistant to support our CEO, Scott Harris, in working to ensure Beacon’s operations meet our organisational objectives as we work towards an Australia that understands, cares and is motivated to support young people to successfully transition from education to meaningful employment.

Reporting to the CEO, this role is an exciting opportunity to fully utilise your expertise to provide high level administrative support to the CEO and Executive Team.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity to join the team at Beacon.

Applications close 4 May 2015

National Conference Award Nominations

Beacon’s National Award Nominations 2015

Nominations extended until April 10

Find out more and submit your nominations today.

Across Australia more than 120 schools and communities are committed to enhancing their young people’s school to work transitions by developing and implementing the Beacon model. These schools and communities choose to do education differently, enhancing outcomes through a collaborative approach. They choose to invest in Australia’s future workforce by educating through work, for work and about work. They choose innovation and excellence in education and employment. In recognition of innovation and excellence we invite you to nominate an outstanding individual or yourself for a prestigious Beacon National Award. For further details about individual awards and eligibility criteria please download the 2015 National Award Nominations information document. Alternatively to submit an application directly please select links below.

Beacon’s National Awards 2015

  • Beacon School Awards Beacon School of the Year Awards for the most outstanding Beacon schools 2014.
    • Beacon School of the Year The Beacon school demonstrating the most effective engagement of employers in education, achieving significant educational and transitional pathways for their young people, and are on the pathway to complete sustainability of the Beacon model in their school.
    • Alumni School of the Year The Alumni school demonstrating the most sustainable integrated Beacon model, led by the school and community.
    • Beacon New School of the Year The 2014 new school demonstrating the greatest commitment to their Beacon partnership and model, consistently embracing new thinking and innovation.
  • Beacon Best Practice Awards Excellence awards for best practice in the Beacon model.
    • Best Integration of Beacon into School Curriculum The Beacon school demonstrating a ‘whole school approach’ to the Beacon model, with the greatest integration of the Beacon model into the core curriculum.
    • Best Beacon Business Blackboard The Beacon school demonstrating the most successful co-designed Business Blackboard lesson.
    • Best Leadership The Beacon school demonstrating the best leadership of the Beacon model.
    • Excellence in ‘Education to Employment’ The Beacon school demonstrating strong commitment to positive pathways for their students, successfully facilitating the employment of their students through Beacon’s Real Futures Generation Program.
    • Best Business Partnership Group The school demonstrating the most successfully implemented Business Partnership Group.
  • Beacon Innovation Award An award for the most innovative initiative to achieve better outcomes for young people transitioning from education to employment.
  • Beacon Real Futures Generation (RFG) Young Person of the Year Award An award recognising a young person who has shown outstanding commitment and self-motivation during a successful RFG job placement.

Nominations close:  April 10 For more information: Phone: (03) 6234 4155 or contact us via email