Federal Group a Beacon for employment opportunities

Students from Bayview Secondary College and Kingston High School were given a peek behind the curtain of MACq 01 Hotel and The Henry Jones Art Hotel in a bid to inspire a new generation of tourism and hospitality professionals.

North West business leaders a Beacon to Burnie High students

Beacon is working with local North-West businesses to inspire students and create a job-ready generation of Tasmanians.

Beacon CEO, Scott Harris, said representatives from advanced manufacturing, agriculture, education and mining businesses were spending today helping Burnie High School students get excited about finding a job they love in some of the State’s fastest growing sectors.

It takes a village to raise a child, and Beacon is doing its part

As young people prepare to return to classrooms across Tasmania, we are acutely aware of the ever-changing nature of education and the unfamiliar territory they will traverse during 2022. Now more than ever it will take a village to raise our young people and provide them with career inspiration and opportunity.

Beacon is working with some of Tasmania’s fastest growing industries to inspire students and create a job-ready generation of Tasmanians

Beacon is working with some of Tasmania’s fastest growing industries to inspire students and create a job-ready generation of Tasmanians. Beacon CEO, Scott Harris, said the program aimed to create a win-win situation, where growing businesses able to expand their workforce and young Tasmanians able to get a great job.

Youth Participation and Collective ed.

Youth participation can be defined as ‘a process where young people, as active citizens, take part in, express views on, and have decision-making power about issues that affect them’ (Farthing 2012). While there is a wide spectrum of ideas on what youth participation looks like – and why it is desirable – we can use this definition as a departure point to understand engagement and participation of young people in projects and activities. An example from our Collective ed. communities that relate to the theme of youth participation in the Transition Video Project at Collective ed. Meander Valley. We asked Victoria Homer, Site Lead of Collective ed. Meander Valley to share the story. 

What is the Transition Video Project?

The Transition Video Project was a student-led action to create a new film that addresses the excitements and concerns of year 6 students from Meander Valley feeder schools (Our Lady of Mercy, Westbury, Mole Creek, Deloraine Primary Schools) before transitioning into Deloraine High School.

Why was Collective ed. approached?

Collective ed. was approached by the transitions teacher to support the updating of a previous transition video. While the idea for the action was initially conceived by adults, Collective ed. Meander Valley advocated for a student-led process of making the new video, and facilitated this process.

How was youth engaged in the process?

The engagement approach Collective ed. chose for this project encouraged students to take leadership in planning, practice, evaluation and decision-making. This was communicated at the beginning when students were given a very basic description of what the project was about, and were told that they could co-create and lead the work themselves. Practical support and expertise was provided by adults throughout the project in a mentoring capacity, including external filmmakers and graphic designers, teachers, and Collective ed. staff.

Three groups of a mix of year 7 and year 10 students volunteered for the project (20 students altogether). One group designed a postcard together with a designer that allowed year 6 students to ask a question about High School and to receive an answer by a year 10 student. A second group worked on a creative polling process with year 7 and year 10 students, asking what they would have liked to have known before arriving at High School. The data generation and analysis was conducted by students with support provided by our site evaluators. The themes developed from these two processes were then used by a third student group to develop and create the transitions film together with two community filmmakers.

What does it hope to achieve?

The main output of the action was a peer-to-peer video that helps year 6 students to become oriented in the new High School context, informed by data that was derived from their perspective.

During the process, conversations between older and younger students were instigated, relationships built, and expected outcomes were to increase the level of excitement and confidence amongst year 6 students when joining High School. The students participating in the three working groups were provided with a range of learning opportunities in the realm of graphic / film design and creation, data generation activities and analysis, organisational and time management skills, group work, planning and implementation of collaborative activities, as well as leadership skills.

For the Collective ed. Meander Valley team it was amazing to see the High School students really trying to create something that would support and engage year 6 students. The High School students got truly excited about making a peer-to-peer video that would help the next generation of students in feeling welcomed into High School.

For more info, please email Victoria: victoria.homer@beaconfoundation.org.au

Learn more about the project in the video below:


About Collective ed.:
Collective ed. is a five year place-based initiative across six communities in Tasmania including Deloraine and greater Meander Valley. This work is focused on bringing communities together alongside schools to utilise community data to develop and implement action focused on year 12 attainment and meaningful pathways. Learn more here. 

‘Beacon & Egg McMuffin’ Day 2016

McDonald’s and Beacon: Joining forces to raise awareness and funds for Beacon programs that work to up-skill and motivate young Tasmanians onto better futures.

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 23rd March, 2016.

Please help to support and generate awareness of this exciting initiative by pre-ordering and spreading the word through your networks and on social media.

To pre-order simply email or hand in your order form to your local McDonald’s restaurant by Monday 21st March.

Pre Order Now      Thank you and we look forward to your involvement.


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

Federal Group and Beacon Join Forces for future TAS Hospitality Jobs

Media Release

Tuesday 23rd February

Federal Group and Beacon Foundation join forces for Tasmania’s future Hospitality Industry workforce

The Federal Group and Beacon Foundation are pleased to announce the establishment of a new partnership to assist young Tasmanian’s into careers in the state’s flourishing Tourism and Hospitality sector.

The partnership will provide secondary school students with access to a range of career exploration and work readiness activities at Federal Group locations around Tasmania and is aimed at promoting awareness of the diverse range of career opportunities that the sector has to offer both now and into the future.

The announcement comes after the successful completion of a Hospitality Industry pilot program with Country Club Tasmania that provided Launceston students the opportunity to participate in a work shadowing experience at 2015’s Mad Hatter’s Ball and has resulted in students undertaking employment with the company.
Federal Group Corporate Affairs Director Daniel Hanna said the company was looking forward to working with the Beacon Foundation.

“Federal Group is proud to be able to assist the Beacon Foundation to deliver on its fantastic projects, which have been shown time and again to have a positive impact on the lives of many young Tasmanians,” Mr Hanna said.

“The Beacon Foundation is one of many organisations Federal Group supports in delivering programs and outcomes for our communities, and it gives us great pleasure to play a small role in their valuable work.”

“Federal Group, as industry leaders, continue to promote careers in the tourism and hospitality sector and we are looking forward to showing students the great opportunities that can exist in the industry – both within the Federal Group and beyond.”

Beacon Foundation Chief Executive Scott Harris said it is a great opportunity to assist more young Tasmanian’s.

“The Beacon Foundation is committed to helping young Tasmanians transition successfully from education into employment – we are delighted to be partnering with the Federal Group who are leaders in an industry that is fundamental to Tasmania’s future.”

“These are exciting times for Tourism and Hospitality in Tasmania, and these partnerships will ensure the next generation of young Tasmanians fully understand the great opportunities that the sector can offer them,” Mr Harris said.

Country Club Tasmania General Manager Jackie Hutchinson said the new partnership would build on the success of a recent collaboration with the Beacon Foundation.

Country Club worked with Beacon last year to provide a number of young people with workplace learning opportunities, which resulted in a number being offered roles in the company.

“The opportunity to provide real-world experiences and on the job training for the young people that Beacon supports is so important, and we are fortunate to have caring and skilled staff to provide them with the guidance and training they need.”

17-year-old student Kyle Cox-McKinnon, who was a participant in work shadowing event last year, is now undertaking Commercial Cookery VET Course at Newstead College and is intending to seek a Chef Apprenticeship once completed.

“Working at the Mad Hatter’s Ball gave me a great taste of being a chef – I loved it and now have decided this is the career that I would like to pursue”

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For Further Media Information:
Nick Probert
State Manager – Tasmania, Beacon Foundation
m: 0459 027 877
e: nick.probert@beaconfoundation.net