Beacon and BioMar working to create a job-ready generation

The Beacon Foundation is working with young people, schools, businesses, and communities right across the State to create a job-ready generation of young Tasmanians.

Today, students from the Latrobe and Deloraine High Schools and staff at BioMar’s fish food plant at Wesley Vale are participating in a day-long immersive session that will inspire students and show BioMar’s staff how to unlock the potential of our next generation.

Beacon CEO, Scott Harris, said these visits, organised by Beacon, were vital.

“We know that when young people engage with local businesses it has a really positive impact,” Mr Harris said.

‘Evidence suggests students who participate in four or more industry engagements whilst at school are 86% more likely to engage in further education, training, or employment after school.

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“Beacon’s mission is to create a job-ready generation, that’s why we are working with local schools, like the Latrobe and Deloraine High Schools, and local businesses, like BioMar, to help young people understand the opportunities that are available right now on their doorstep.

“Today’s program includes site tours and mentoring from BioMar staff so the students can get excited about the range of career options open to them.  We also talk to the students about what they need to do to make sure they have the best possible chance to start a career that they will love once they finish school.

“Programs delivered face-to-face by Beacon’s professional facilitators with the participation of volunteer business mentors also help students learn valuable skills in an environment which is difficult to replicate in the classroom.

“BioMar is a really valuable part of our community and is creating fantastic career opportunities on the North West.  Even during COVID, they have continued to increase their workforce.

“Taking students to BioMar helps show students what their future could look like if they complete their education.  There is a bright future for young Tasmanians on the North West and Beacon is working hard to help young Tasmanians see that.”