Take a Walk on the Wild Side to raise money for worthy causes

Tasmanians are being urged to take a Walk on the Wildside in our iconic wilderness to help raise vital funds for the Beacon Foundation, and a range of other worthy causes.

Beacon CEO, Scott Harris, said the initiative by the Tasmanian Walking Company was a great way to support the community.

Beacon pilot program helps students turn a training opportunity into a career

The Beacon Foundation is working to create a job-ready generation of Tasmanian students.

Beacon CEO, Scott Harris, today congratulated 14 Newstead College students who have turned a training opportunity into an exciting career opportunity.

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.

Helping the next generation of employees dress for success

The Beacon Foundation is working to create a job-ready generation and today is helping young female students at Bayview Secondary College learn about preparing for job interviews and life in the workforce.

Tasmanian Training Awards shows school-based programs are vital for creating a job-ready generation

Tasmanian Training Awards shows school-based programs are vital for creating a job-ready generation. The Beacon Foundation is committed to creating a job-ready generation of Tasmanians. Beacon CEO, Scott Harris, said that connecting kids, schools, communities and businesses was having a massive positive impact.

Beacon partners with Fairbrother for building and construction program

Year 10 students from Kings Meadows High School attended a Beacon Growth Industry Preparation Program (GrIPP) today to learn about careers in building and construction. The day included a site tour of the UTAS northern transformation at Inveresk, hearing about the diversity of jobs and innovations across the build.

Fairbrother Apprentice Program Manager, Matthew Scrimgeour, co-facilitated the program alongside Beacon’s Jake Snepvangers. Matthew and a team of Fairbrother mentors shared industry insights and advice on how to pursue a career in the sector, including key skills and attributes employers are looking for.

Thank you to Matthew and the Fairbrother mentors for making this invaluable opportunity possible for the students. Thank you also to David Cox – Hawthorn Football Club for providing access to the Hawks boardroom for the day!

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.”

Beacon says community involvement vital to creating a job ready generation in our schools

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

Beacon CEO Scott Harris said the school attendance figures in today’s Mercury were disappointing but not unexpected.

“We know the last 15 months have been hard on everyone, but they’ve been particularly hard on students,” Mr Harris said.

“But importantly, we know how to turn the situation around. We know that when young people are engaged with, and encouraged by, local businesses it has a really positive impact. Research shows that if students engage with industry at least four times during their schooling, they are 86 per cent more likely to complete their schooling.

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

“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.

“We’re working with businesses ranging from Hydro Tasmania to Blundstone to show students the diverse range of opportunities available to them and to show them they have a bright future ahead.”

Our children can have a rewarding career, right here

A new partnership with the Beacon Foundation will provide foundational career skills training for regional high school students, including one group who toured the Trevallyn Power Station today and got to speak with career mentors.

This $60,000 partnership over three years will fund workshops and events that give regional students an understanding of what it means to work in renewable energy, as well as practical job seeking and interview skills.

Hydro Tasmania Education Advisor Gina Harvey said this is a continuation of the successful work Hydro Tasmania had previously undertaken with the Beacon Foundation.

“We’re keen to promote STEM career pathways into Tasmania’s renewable energy sector because it has a bright future, but we’re also making a broader contribution to our state’s regional areas by just getting high school students to think about having a rewarding career locally,” Ms Harvey said.

“We were researching how Hydro Tasmania could help the local education sector with a targeted sponsorship, and knew it would be great to expand our previous partnership with the Beacon Foundation into the regional areas that Hydro Tasmania has a presence in.”

“Tasmania’s north-west, north, Midlands and the Bass Strait Islands are areas where students can experience a high level of disadvantage to entering the job market, so this partnership is targeting those areas with workshops and events like today’s tour, and they’ll get to meet Hydro Tasmania people who come from the same communities they do.”

Beacon Foundation Chief Operating Officer Kath McCann said they were proud to be working with Hydro Tasmania again.

“The Beacon Foundation has over 30 years’ experience, and long-established school and industry networks, focused on supporting young people to transition from education into meaningful employment, because every young person has the right to a job and the benefits that brings,” Ms McCann said.

“This partnership with the iconic Hydro Tasmania provides Beacon with an outstanding opportunity to deliver career content and experiences to young people from regional parts of Tasmania that we know they will benefit from.”

“You cannot be what you cannot see, so having Hydro Tasmania’s people on hand in-person to speak to and inspire these young people is an invaluable opportunity.”

Media Release courtesy of Hydro Tasmania.

Beacon welcomes federal budget investment in apprentices, but more needs to be done to help prepare kids for the workforce

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday, 12 May

Beacon welcomes federal budget investment in apprentices, but more needs to be done to help prepare kids for the workforce

Beacon is leading the way in Tasmania to help young Tasmanians become the next generation of apprentices and trainees in the State.

Beacon’s Chief Operating Officer, Kath McCann, welcomed the federal budget initiatives to make available more apprenticeships in Tasmania.

“It’s vital that the federal government continues to invest in apprenticeships and traineeships and last night’s budget is certainly a big step in the right direction,” Ms McCann said.

“For young Tasmanians to succeed though, we need to prepare them so they have the best possible chance of succeeding in the workforce.  That work needs to start in schools with young people gaining exposure to business and industry to inspire them.  Research shows that the more engagement students have with industry, the more likely they are to get a job once they finish school.

“Beacon is a leader in working with schools, communities, local businesses and industry to lift the aspirations of young Tasmanians and make sure they’re ready and committed to joining the workforce in an area they’re passionate about.  But we also need to make sure that industry is armed with the right knowledge and skills to take on young people too.

“Beacon is laying the groundwork for success and we need to ensure the work that we’re doing and other organisations like ours is recognised as invaluable to filling apprenticeships and traineeships.  Our role is to work collaboratively with the community, including businesses, to prepare kids for the challenges ahead and invest in them so they are ready to take on the opportunity of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

“Beacon is committed to working with the state and federal governments to help young people seize opportunities like getting an apprenticeship or traineeship and we look forward to seeing the investments announced last night rolled out in the community.”