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


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.”



Major conference to discuss the future of education and the role of the community

Some of the State’s leading education experts will gather in Hobart this week to talk about the future of education in Tasmania.

The conference will be hosted by the Beacon Foundation and will focus on the role the community plays in supporting young people both at school and once they finish.

Beacon CEO, Scott Harris, said the conference will discuss how the education system has evolved in recent years and the opportunities to improve the way we support young Tasmanians.

“The theme of the conference is ‘Beyond the school gate’, and will focus on how we can harness the support of the whole community to help young people through the education system and into the real world,” Mr Harris said.

“With the help of the Tasmanian Government and the Paul Ramsay Foundation, we have worked closely with six communities around the State for the past five years trying to bring schools and their local communities closer together.

“What we’ve found is that when the schools and their communities work together and support each other, the big winners are our kids.  We’ve found that by bringing schools and their communities closer many students do better at school and importantly, once they’ve finished school they are more likely to find a job that really interests them, which means they are more likely to give back to their community.

“We call this project ‘Collective ed.’ and it will be one of the main areas of discussion at the conference.

“There has been a lot of discussion recently about student retention and extending high schools to year 12.  As part of these discussions the focus is always on kids themselves, their needs and how well we are equipping them for the future, which is all part of the Collective ed. project.

“We’re thrilled that one of our guest speakers will be Jan Owen AM.  Jan has developed new approaches in social policy, innovation, education and entrepreneurship that are now world-renowned and has pioneered collaborative approaches to improving communities.”


Tassie teen wins Be@Connected competition to interview Tim Paine, Australian Test Cricket Captain

Grade 7 student Nayton Martelli has been named winner of the Beacon Foundation’s Be@Connected Competition and will interview Australian Test Cricket Captain Tim Paine, in the final episode of Be@Connected.

The 12 episodes series has proven a winner to students across Australia who have been able to watch conversations with prominent speakers like the Australian Test Cricket Captain Tim Paine to Swimming World Champion Ariarne Titmus talk about topics relating to life skills.

Beacon Foundation has a long track record of engaging students in an online environment by linking education with industry and the future of work. Be@Connected was launched to support students through these uncertain times and is an additional program to the scheduled online learning resources Beacon is already offering.

The final episode of Be@Connected with Tim Paine and Nayton Martelli will explore resilience and how young people can overcome challenge. A skillset which most certainly have been a key aspect underpinning Tim’s sporting career.

“I go to Bayview Secondary Collage which is Tim Paine’s old school. I’m looking forward to ask Tim what tips he has to people my age to achieve their goals, especially knowing he went to the same school I did”

Tim Paine says he has enjoyed the time as a Beacon Foundation Ambassador of Be Connected.

“Be@Connected has proven to be a great avenue to share my own experiences and insights to help motivate and inspire Australia’s young people.”

“It’s offered a chance to join together to help inspire our future generation.”


Scott Harris, CEO of Beacon Foundation says each episode and speaker has presented a unique viewpoint, “We’ve had incredible support from speakers from all walks of life and industries joining Be@Connected to share their stories with the young people”


“We are excited to have a fellow Be@Connected listener take over for our final episode. It will be an opportunity of a lifetime for Nayton to interview Tim Paine along with providing great practical experiences he can bring back to school later”


All Be@Connected episodes can be viewed on Beacon Foundation’s YouTube channel where they will be available throughout Term Two.


Be@Connected to Host World Swimming Champion

Beacon Foundation has today launched the full speaker schedule for their online learning series, Be@Connected.  From Ambassador, Australian Test Cricket Captain Tim Paine, to Australian Swimming World Champion Ariarne Titmus, it is no wonder that the series is proving to be a huge success with students across Australia.

Beacon Foundation CEO Scott Harris said, “The calibre of speakers that we have wanting to support Australian students through this period is exceptional.”

Mr Harris added, “Ariarne Titmus is a World Champion who is generously giving her time and insights to assist students across Australia, when she herself is having to regroup following the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.  This commitment to young people is outstanding, we are thrilled to have Ariarne on board.”

“There is no doubt that the Great Shutdown will have significant impacts on our young people, and we are starting to see that already.  Beacon Foundation are committed to making sure we continue to be there for young people all over Australia.”

Be@Connected is into its third week of a six week series, with topics already addressed including teamwork, communication, creativity, personal brand and attitude.

Ariarne’s session is scheduled for June 3, the final week of the series.  During the session Ariarne will address looking after yourself and the importance of wellbeing.

Ariarne commented, “Be@Connected is an exciting and relevant initiative to be involved with.  We are all having to adapt and adjust to new ways of doing things during this period and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and tips to students around Australia.”

She added, “It is more important than ever that we pay close attention to our young people at this time as they journey through the uncertainty that we all face.”

“I hope my story and experiences can help inspire students to stay motivated during this time.”

Be@Connected continues to gain momentum, with two new episodes being posted to the Beacon Foundation’s You Tube channel weekly.

Be@Connected will run alongside Beacon’s preexisting suite of online programs Industry Live and My Road. Find the full term two schedule here.