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Beacon Foundation is today launching an innovative new series of 12 online learning webinars, Be@Connected. Australian Test Cricket Captain, Tim Paine, has come on board to be the National Ambassador for this exciting and innovative project.

The short series is specifically designed for students across Australia to support and inspire them through this period of great uncertainty.

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 is an additional program to the scheduled online learning resources Beacon is already offering.

Be@Connected will be offered to schools throughout Australia and will have a focus on life skills that will not only help Australia’s young people navigate the current environment, but be instrumental in their worlds of learning and work.

Scott Harris, CEO of Beacon Foundation says, “It is clear that now, more than ever, our young people need all of us including industry and education to step up and work together.”

“Be@Connected is a perfect platform to give students from across Australia the opportunity to hear and learn from some incredible individuals including Tim Paine, Jenna Cairney of The Mercury and Bianca Welsh of Stillwater Restaurant.”

Mr Harris added, “The Great Shutdown will radically reshape, and has already reshaped, the future for our next generation. We will see an increase in youth unemployment and underemployment to an extent we never experienced before.”

“Beacon Foundation is stepping up to ensure no kids are left behind during this time.”

Be@Connected will feature a range of prominent and inspiring speakers from a range of fields covering topics including communication, resilience, wellbeing, problem solving and adaptability.

Tim Paine says it was an easy decision to support Beacon Foundation to be the Ambassador of Be Connected.

“Now is more important than ever to join together and inspire our future generation.”

“We all have a responsibility to inspire our young people to navigate this situation and to help make their futures bright, secure and something they are really looking forward too.”

Tim will deliver the first and last episodes of the series.

“I can’t wait to share my own experiences and insights to help motivate and inspire Australia’s young people.”

The first online episode is launching on April 30 and students can watch the series on YouTube where they will be available throughout Term Two. Be@Connected will run alongside Beacon’s preexisting suite of online programs Industry Live and My Road. The full schedule can be found via this link. 

Subscribe to Beacon Foundation’s YouTube channel to watch Be@Connected.

‘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