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