Beacon and Blundstone helping young Tasmanians jump into a career boots and all

The Beacon Foundation is committed to creating a job-ready generation by giving young Tasmanians a taste of the job opportunities available to them once they finish school.

This year, students from Cosgrove High School have jumped in boots and all to learn what it takes to work at Blundstone.

Beacon’s Chief Executive Officer, Scott Harris, said it was important high-school aged children had real-life interaction with workplaces and industry to help build connections to the world of work.

“Beacon is working with students across the State to help them feel more confident and prepared for their transition from education into the workforce,” Mr Harris said.

“We know that having at least four industry engagements while at school, just like what Cosgrove students have been doing with Blundstone, means students are 86 per cent more likely to engage in further education, training, or employment after school.

“This year, Cosgrove students who have participated in the program will also receive a pair of Blundstone’s iconic boots.  We hope that each time the students put on their ‘blunnies’ they will think about the fantastic opportunities available to them in local businesses in their local community.

“Programs like this are designed to bring students, schools, businesses and the local community together to help give young Tasmanians the best possible chance to succeed.

“Beacon’s programs are delivered face-to-face by professional facilitators with the support of volunteer business mentors.  We’re helping students learn valuable skills in an environment that you just can’t replicate in the classroom.”

Blundstone’s Joint-CEO, Adam Blake, said it was vital that companies like Blundstone give back to their local community.

“As a family business firmly rooted in Hobart’s northern suburbs, we’re proud to support the great work Beacon Foundation does for the students of Cosgrove High and other schools,” said Blundstone Joint-CEO Adam Blake.

“The boots are a way to remind them to be proud of who they are and where they come from.  There’s a great future for them right here in Tasmania and we like to show students all aspects of our business as part of their visits.

“Blundstone values our partnership with Beacon and over the last three years alone we’ve worked with Beacon to provide work readiness activities for nearly 200 students.”

Learn more about Beacon programs here.