High impact program for job-ready students hits Ulverstone

Mentors looking after the simulated babies during the program that students were taking care of for Child Studies

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 Elphinstone, Forico, Council on the Aging (COTA), Flourish and West by North-West were spending today helping Ulverstone Secondary College students get excited about finding a job they love in some of the State’s fastest growing industries.

“We know about the challenges that young people, and all Tasmanians, have faced in recent years with COVID, but there are a lot of great opportunities too,” Mr Harris said.

“The real challenge is bringing together students, schools, businesses and the local community to work together and that’s what today is all about.

“Today students will be able to talk to representatives from a range of businesses and industries and work out what they need to do to get a start in life and hopefully find a career that they really love.

“Today’s session combines our professional facilitators with the experience of our business mentors and helps young people understand what jobs are out there in their community.  Importantly, our experts will help students understand exactly what they need to do to succeed.

“Beacon is serious about creating a job-ready generation and this is a great way of helping to achieve that.”

West by North-West CEO, Tom Wootton said some of the most important lessons about finding a career can’t be found in text books.

“Tourism businesses can teach young people all the skills they need to be successful.  What we can’t teach, and what I’m keen to talk to students about is their attitude and their approach to work.  That’s the secret sauce when it comes to working in the tourism sector in particular,” Mr Wootton said.

Mr Harris thanked Ulverstone Secondary College, the students as well as all the business mentors.

Any business that would like to get involved can reach out to Beacon at www.beaconfoundation.org.au