Our young people need us – and we need them – more than ever

Tasmania’s Premier Peter Gutwein recently stated that COVID19 presents “the greatest threat our State and our Country have faced in generations”.

Quite rightly, the focus of our governments over the last few weeks has been on responding to the immediate threat that this virus presents to the health of our community, and on ensuring that we do everything we can flatten the curve. I particularly congratulate Premier Gutwein for the great example he has set for our State: he has provided clear and determined leadership and has helped galvanise us as Tasmanians during this significant time of adversity.

As we all work together to combat the short-term threat of this virus, however, we must also remember the longer-term threat that this pandemic, and our response to it, could pose to the futures of Tasmania’s young people.

Having helped connect young people to education and employment for over 30 years, the Beacon Foundation is particularly aware of the risks that these perilous circumstances present to our youth.

Thousands of students have already begun learning from home. This has required parents to become overnight learning supervisors and placed massive pressure on schools and teachers to deliver remote learning, while still teaching some students on-campus. If we do not find ways to clearly guide learners through this unprecedented disruption, we risk thousands of students disengaging from education.

While this pandemic has already had a devasting impact on many in our community and resulted in enormous changes that all of us continue to come to terms with, it will also radically reshape the already rapidly changing future careers of our children. If we do not help prepare young people for this future, we risk creating a lost generation.

It is clear that now, more than ever, our young people need all of us – particularly industry and organisations like Beacon – to step up and work with them to make their futures as bright and secure as possible.

This is a challenge that the Beacon Foundation is taking on, and that we want others to take on with us. Drawing on our successful track record of working with over 10,000 Australian young people through online careers guidance, we are already working on ways to ramp up our online programs for school students.

Our Beacon team is at its best when it is working with like-minded partners to innovate and respond quickly to the emerging needs of young people. Our current approach is a great example of that. We are currently working on with several collaborative partners to produce a suite of online resources that will be launched at the beginning of Term 2.

It is clear, though, that this is just the beginning – there is still so much more that will need to be done to ensure we do not leave our young people behind. We will need brave hearts and bold thinking, and we stand ready to partner with schools, governments, businesses, and other not-for-profits – as well as our hundreds of online mentors and volunteers – to do this work. Indeed, we believe that with the right partners in place, young learners could lead us in generating the ideas we need to respond to and recover from the impact of COVID19.

We also know the burden of these challenges will fall particularly heavily on young people experiencing disadvantage. In 2016, over 6,500 Tasmanian households with children stated that they did not have access to the internet. How do we support students in these families to engage in remote learning? On any given night, over 400 young Tasmanians will be experiencing homelessness. At such a challenging time, how do we meet the significant, complex needs of these young people, including supporting them to remain engaged in education?

Beacon’s Collective ed. initiative, which began in 2016, has already been working with six Tasmanian school communities – in Ulverstone, Deloraine, George Town, Jordan River, Clarence Plains and Sorell – to understand and address these types of important questions. Using a collective impact approach, we are empowering our partner communities to take control over decisions about what happens in their local areas, including how resources are used to support young people. We’ve helped to establish Community Leadership Tables made up of students, teachers, parents, schools, businesses and local organisations, and we are supporting these groups to start identifying and breaking down the complex, systemic barriers that are preventing many young people from thriving.

Our major Collective ed. partners – the Tasmanian Government and the Paul Ramsay Foundation – showed great courage in enabling this radical new approach to education and to community-based decision-making. We believe that this powerful approach is going to be more critical than ever in supporting communities to respond to and recover from this crisis.
As challenges emerge for our partner communities in the coming weeks and months, our Collective ed. teams will be supporting our six partner communities – particularly the young leaders within them – to identify and coordinate collaborative efforts in each local area. We would also welcome the opportunity to help other Tasmanian communities to use collective impact and systems change approaches as well. In listening to and collaborating with young people on these decisions, we are likely to find our most powerful and successful solutions.

This is a hugely challenging time for our government, and there are many immediate threats that they need to focus on. When they can, however, I implore our leaders to consider how to ensure young people can thrive during and after this crisis, and how Tasmania’s not-for-profit sector can be called on to help.

For our communities and ourselves as families and individuals, our focus has been on how to keep ourselves safe and healthy. In times like this – as we were often reminded not so long ago, when commercial flight was taken for granted – we must fit our own oxygen mask first, before assisting others. Once we have done what we can to protect ourselves and our families, however, we must begin considering how we can help those around us. There is only so much that the authorities can do on our behalf: the rest will come down to the solidarity and commitment we have towards each other.

Social distancing has limited the ways we can reach out to others, but there is still so much we can do together to support each other and to make a difference. Keep focussed on staying safe and well, but when you can: consider what you can do to ensure a bright future for our young people, and what role you can play to empower young people to build that future. If you want to be an online careers mentor; if you want to find a way to use your resources to support young people; if you want to support our communities to take locally-led action in responding to this crisis – reach out to us. We’re here to help.

Scott Harris is the CEO of the Beacon Foundation

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.


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. 

Industry Live 2021 schedule

About Industry Live:

Industry Live is a series of live career awareness and exploration events via Zoom. Beacon invites industry panellists to share their stories, top tips for success, and answer questions from school students across Australia in a discussion led by a trained Beacon facilitator. 

Schools have the option to join the events live during which they can participate in the Q&A with the panel. Or, schools can request the recording and watch the session with the class at their convenience. Simply register to all our events and choose which one you prefer along the way.

Industry Live is FREE and open to all students across Australia in Years 6-12. On average, we host one Industry Live a month and schools are welcome to opt-in to as many as they like throughout the school terms. 

 Learn more about Industry Live here. 

Express interest to hear about our 2021 Industry Live events:

Download the below  Industry Live 2021 schedule here.

Term Date and time 2021 Topics
Term 1 Thursday Feb 18

12pm to 12.30pm AEDT



Advice on how to manage your time between all your activities! Between work, school and study, we know you’re busy. We’ll share some solid tips on how to manage your schedules, now and into the future.

Thursday Feb 25

11.30am to 12.30pm AEDT


Hear from some of the leading organisations that can help you land a great apprenticeship or traineeship, no matter your background or location. We’ll also hear from apprentices and trainees on how they got from school to their current role and how you can too!

Thursday March 11

11.30am to 12.30pm AEDT


You probably ride in a car often, but do you ever think about what goes on under the hood? Who keeps the vehicles running on our roads and keeps Australia moving with larger vehicles like trucks? There are automotive jobs across many industries, which bring opportunities for those keen on cars! We’ll explore the skills you’ll need to get started.

Wednesday March 17

11am to 11.30am AEDT



Hear from young people who have struggled with self-confidence and self-belief in the past but have overcome challenges to succeed in their chosen field. They’ll share the tips that have helped them the most.

Tuesday March 23

11.30am to 12.30pm AEDT


Who are the people behind the players? We know you love sport so we’ll chat to some key people that work at some cool sports clubs about how you can land a job like theirs to help players keep playing! Learn about jobs involving sports nutrition, marketing and merchandise!

School holidays

1 April to 26 April

Easter – 2 to 5 April

Term 2 Thursday April 29

11.30am to 12.30pm AEST


Jobs of the future that your parents don’t know about – including advanced manufacturing and 3D printing design plus how gamification, coding and robotics are changing the future workplace and create exciting new jobs for your generation!

Tuesday May 4

11.30am to 12pm AEST



Make work experience count while you’re still at school and learn how it can lead to future job opportunities and lasting industry connections.

Thursday May 13

11.30am to 12.30pm AEST


Choose a career that captures your creativity! We’ll showcase some online portfolio careers including graphics, animation and video production with a focus on how to build a creative career in the online space and how to get started on your portfolio now.

Thursday May 26

11.30am to 12pm AEST



Learn what to include in your resume but just as importantly what not to include. Also hear step by step tips on how to write a cover letter from the experts.

Tuesday June 1

11.30am to 12.30pm AEST


We’ll explore some professional roles that are key in developing our cities and communities across Australia, including engineers, surveyors and architects. Learn how these roles work together to create some of the cool new buildings you see popping up near you and the career opportunities out there.

Wednesday June 16

11am to 11.30am AEST



Do you know how to choose a superannuation fund, how to get a tax file number or open a bank account? Get practical advice on all of these and more so you’ve got the basics covered and you’re ready to work!

Tuesday June 22

11.30am to 12.30pm AEST


Sustainable energy is key for the future, but what is in the works to make it happen? We’ll talk to some people in the solar and hydro industries and find out how they landed their roles, as well as some cool technology they use on a day-to-day basis.

  School holidays

26 June to 26 July

Term 3 Wednesday July 28

11.30am to 12.30pm AEST


We’ll chat to some kind and courageous people who work in police, fire and paramedics, learn about the skills it takes to have a career as a first responder and how you can get started and get out into the field helping others.

Tuesday August 10

11.30am to 12.30pm AEST


Our country is vast and all of our communities need medical support, so whether you’d like to return to your rural community after study, or take an adventure to a new location once you’re trained, we’ll chat to some people in remote health and medical roles to hear what pathways are out there.

Wednesday August 25

11.30am to 12.30pm AEST


There are lots of interesting jobs in the mining industry no matter who you are, and some you can get started on straight from school. You might want to drive a jumbo truck, work on a drill rig or even become a diver. We’ll learn about the skills and qualities the industry looks for and what it’s like working FIFO (fly-in, fly-out).

Monday August 30

2pm to 2.30pm AEST



We’ll take a look at the most in-demand skills across a variety of industries, the top transferrable skills employers are looking for but often can’t find, and we’ll hear what a “top attitude” looks like.

  School holidays

18 Sept to 17 Oct

Term 4 Tuesday October 19

11.30am to 12.30pm AEDT


Do you ever wonder who was involved in creating the music, TV shows and theatre productions you love? We’ll chat to those behind the scenes about roles like set designer, camera person and studio technician to find out how they landed their job and how you can break into these industries.

Monday October 25

2pm to 2.30pm AEDT



We’ll give you tips to calm any job interview concerns, including how to answer difficult questions and how to communicate your strengths and weaknesses.

Thursday Nov 4

11.30am to 12.30pm AEDT


There are lots of job opportunities in the great outdoors, and we’ll take a look at some of them including park ranger, land management and conservation. We’ll share tips for finding and applying for jobs, and we’ll take a look at what job opportunities might be in your local community.

Thursday Nov 18

11.30am to 12.30pm AEDT


Hear from young self-starters on how they built innovative careers and successful businesses from scratch, including exciting areas like social media and social enterprises.



What if every day was “take your dog to work” day? Our next Industry Live explores careers working with animals and outdoors.

What if every day was “take your dog to work” day?  It’s possible. In our next Industry Live we’re exploring careers where you get to work with animals as well as jobs outdoors.  Join us on October 15 2020 1 pm – 2 pm AEDT where you’ll meet:

Nicole and Zorro – Dog handler and detector dog
Nicole is an author, researcher, field ecologist and detection dog handler, working with her dog, Zorro (pictured at the top), to identify Tasmanian masked owl habitat. Nicole will share with us what it’s like to work side by side with her dog out in the field and the opportunities, challenges and pathways associated with working with animals. Zorro is a border-collie/springer spaniel who’s been in training to find Tasmanian masked owl pellets since he was nine weeks old. Learn more about Zorro in this ABC article.

Virginia – Marine mammal scientist
Virginia undertakes research and provides scientific advice to conserve whales, focusing on the movement of whales by analysing data transmitted by satellite tags. She is the only person to have ever attached a satellite tag to an Antarctic blue whale. Working for the Australian Antarctic Division, Virginia has also spent a lot of time at sea and on land studying Antarctic flying birds and penguins. She specialises in remote field work and will share with us what it’s like observing these amazing creatures and working away from home for much of the time.

Matt and Clancy – Beekeepers
Matt and Clancy are father and son beekeepers. They’ll share with us what they love about working with bees and being out on the road and in the great outdoors, as well as why they think it’s a great industry for young people to get into. You’ll hear from them what you need to get your first hive registered and up and running, as well as some amazing facts you never knew about bees.

About Industry Live: 

Join Beacon Foundation online for Industry Live, a series of live career awareness and exploration events via video conference. We invite expert industry panellists to share their stories, top tips for success, and answer questions from school students across Australia in a discussion led by a facilitator. Industry Live is open to all students across Australia in Years 6-12.

Simply register and we’ll be in touch to talk you through log-ins and logistics, more information about Industry Live and how to register can be found via this link.



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George Town announces the winners of their bumper sticker competition

Beacon are proud of all of our Collective ed. communities and the great work that they are doing. Today, the George Town site, through their Future Impact Group (FIG) shared the exciting news announcing the winners of their community pride bumper sticker art competition. The competition invited community members to design seven themed bumper stickers celebrating the municipality. The competition themes were identified by the community from a series of face-to-face consultations and online surveys as elements the George Town and surrounding community is proud of.

The seven themes for the stickers include:

  • “Love living in George Town Municipality”
  • “Beach Lover of George Town Municipality”
  • “Mountain Biker of George Town Municipality”
  • “Walk, ride, run in George Town Municipality”
  • “Blown away by George Town Municipality”
  • “Wine lover of George Town Municipality”
  • “Love fishing in George Town Municipality”

The 8 winning entries of the sticker competition available for free to locals of the George Town municipality.

More than 200 entries were received and community members from 6 to 85 years of age entered the competition. The stickers will be handed out for free to locals as a way of bolster community pride to display on cars and in shop windows.

The competition is one of a series of initiatives by the Community Pride working group of the FIG – a group of dedicated community members focusing on understanding and building a sense of pride in George Town Municipality and part of the wider Collective ed. network.

About the FIG
The FIG is a long term, whole-of-community approach for the people of George Town Municipality. FIG aims to create meaningful impact by collaborating across community, business, government and services. FIG collects community voices and uses data to help make authentic decisions that align with the needs of the George Town Municipality. The work of the FIG is supported by the Beacon Foundation (Collective ed.).

About Collective ed.
Collective ed. is a collective impact initiative hosted by Beacon Foundation’s Systems Change. Collective ed. has set out to ensure more young people complete year 12 or equivalent and enable them to transition into meaningful pathways after school. Collective ed. is built on the power of the community and place the community at the centre to drive large scale systems change. Collective ed. has invited six communities across Tasmania to join the Collective ed. network. The communities include Bayview, Sorell, Jordan River, Meander Valley, Central Coast and George Town. Hosted by Beacon Foundation, Collective ed. is a $15 million, five-year project, funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Australia’s biggest philanthropic organisation, and the Tasmanian State Government.

How a MyRoad mentor gave Nickiera new insights into a future career in science

Nickiera is a Year 10 student at Keysborough College Banksia Campus in Victoria. Nickiera and a group of students recently participated in a MyRoad mentor session hosted by Beacon Foundation. Nickiera had the opportunity to meet Pamela D’Netto who is a Senior Speech Pathologist at Queensland Health.

We asked Nickiera about her experience joining a MyRoad session for the first time, this is what she said.

Hi Nickiera, you’ve just completed a MyRoad mentor session, congratulations! What did you learn from the mentor?

Thank you! I got to speak to Pamela and I learnt more about the health industry as a whole. I got a further insight into the process of getting into a career that does interest me. I learnt that an Australian degree in any sort of healthcare is thought of very highly in other countries like the UK.

What did you think about MyRoad before you did the mentor session?

I was actually quite sceptical about it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be comfortable with doing it. As I didn’t have much of an understanding of what it was before actually doing it, I kind of just rolled my eyes because it was a mandatory thing that I knew I had to do.

After having completed the session, has anything changed?

Totally, the program went above and beyond my expectations. I didn’t realise that we’d be actually able to have a proper conversation with the mentor. I liked the fact that we did it in a small group, and that we could ask questions regarding Pamela’s job and her experiences with working in healthcare. If I knew that it was going to be in small groups and that we’d be able to actually ask questions the way we did, I definitely think I would’ve had a more positive thought process before going into the program.

What were your main takeaways from the session?

Definitely that healthcare is a hard career, but extremely rewarding. I also learnt the fact that Australian degrees in health are considered very admirable in other countries. Another takeaway is how many opportunities healthcare has within itself, like you could study to do one thing and that could lead up to another career in healthcare that you’re interested in.

What will you be doing next, as a result of the MyRoad program?

I will definitely be focusing a lot more in classes, so that I can have a greater background knowledge going into university. I’m also going to look into possibly considering doing my studying in Australia then going overseas for a job, it just seems really cool that people in healthcare can travel to get jobs.

Any tips you would like to share with other students that you learned from the mentor?

Probably that you will have to work hard to get into a career you want, especially relating to healthcare. That now (Year 10) is the time to start really focusing on school and trying your hardest. Lastly that you may start off in a career that you don’t like, and you shouldn’t be afraid to take that risk and change jobs.

Is there anything else you would like to tell future students who are about to do a MyRoad mentor session?

I’d say talking with the mentor in small groups is not as intimidating as it would be if it was like with a whole class. It was really enjoyable and it did help open my eyes further into the healthcare industry.

Thank you Nickiera for sharing your story.

Special thank you also to Pamela D’Netto who is one of our valuable volunteer mentors. Check out Pamela’s story in the video below to hear why she decided to join Beacon Foundation as a mentor and what she thinks is the best part of the program.

About MyRoad

The MyRoad mentor program is run online and gives students an opportunity to talk directly with an industry mentor. Close to 1000 trained mentors (all volunteers) from diverse industries and backgrounds are matched with students from schools across Australia where they meet in a supervised online environment. Mentors guide students through a set of 6 structured modules, all aligned to the Australian Curriculum for General Capabilities and Work Studies. In response to COVID-19 lockdowns, students like Nickiera in Victoria, can now also participate in MyRoad from home once a school has made a booking.

For more information about MyRoad and how to sign up your students, click here.

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Actor, writer and comedian Luke McGregor confirmed to join Industry Live

Fancy a career in the spotlight or perhaps working behind the scenes to create some of the TV, films and media we love to watch?  There are many exciting roles in these industries that we explored our Industry Live on 10 Sept 2020 at 11.30am-12.30pm AEST. The topic was “Careers on and off screen” and we were joined by a number of high profile speakers giving us the inside scoop:

Luke McGregor – Actor, writer and comedian
Luke has performed at national and international comedy festivals and appeared in many TV shows. He is best known for his work on TV series Rosehaven and Utopia. Luke grew up in Tassie where he attended university, and he talked to us about what it takes to grow a successful career in entertainment.

Nathan Kannegiesser – Stunt actor
Nathan is known for his stunt work on movies including Hacksaw Ridge, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Fast and The Furious: F9. Nathan talked to us about what it’s like to work in the movies, some of the interesting stunts he’s performed, and the skills you’ll need for getting into his line of work. Nathan Kannegiesser in action:










Derek Hall – Head of studios
Derek is the Head of Studios for Screen Queensland and has worked directly on film projects for Universal, Marvel, Disney, IMAX and Netflix. Derek has also been a film producer and shared his insider knowledge about the film industry and his secrets for success.

Astrid Wells Cooper – Casting agent, actor and voice artist
Astrid is a casting agent, running Wells Cooper Casting, casting actors in Hobart & Brisbane. Astrid has been involved in casting for TV series The Kettering Incident and Rosehaven. Astrid is also an actor and voice artist. She talked to us about the skills you need to become a casting agent as well as her tips on getting into film and TV. Astrid in action, image by Laura Purcell:








About Industry Live: 

Join Beacon Foundation online for Industry Live, a series of live career awareness and exploration events via video conference. We invite expert industry panellists to share their stories, top tips for success, and answer questions from school students across Australia in a discussion led by a facilitator. Industry Live is open to all students across Australia in Years 6-12.

Simply register and we’ll be in touch to talk you through log-ins and logistics, more information about Industry Live and how to register can be found via this link.



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Finding their Place – live streamed event for businesses

Beacon are proud to be working alongside Burnie Works, North-West Industry Training Hub and business in Tasmania’s North West and on the Central Coast to deliver ‘Finding their Place’. This outcome focused campaign is a call to industry to offer VET placements to local year 11/12 students who will need to undertake a VET placement to complete year 12. We want to reach as many businesses as possible across the Central Coast, Burnie, Waratah- Wynyard, Circular Head and West Coast council areas to ensure that students in the Hellyer Regional Collective will have the best opportunity to complete their training in what has been a very disrupted year for all of our young people.

Thursday August 27 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Grab your lunch and listen to special guest speakers from our region discuss the importance of supporting our kids education at this time. How can your business help out? Tune it for details, register here.

Click here for more information and to download the Finding Their Place Poster.


“I’ve seen kids give up because they don’t know how to get a job in different industries”

We sat down with Charlotte to hear why she decided to join Beacon’s inaugural Youth Advisory Committee. This is her story. 

“It was my teacher actually who told me about Beacon’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) and suggested I should apply to join. It’s a new group with seven students from across Tasmania, coming together to advise Beacon Foundation directly on the ways they can best support us young people. 

Last year I participated in a Student Leadership Program facilitated by Collective ed. We worked through the theory of change for young people in George Town. I really enjoyed it! It also opened up my eyes to the opportunity of sharing my opinions and thoughts to help create change for others.

This is also why I want to be part of the Beacon’s YAC. I want to use my voice to be part of creating change, and benefit my community and other young people like myself. I want to help make peoples’ lives better so that they have something to look forward too. For example, in my community, hosting events have been really helpful as a way of connecting and simply having stuff to do and keep busy. This goes for both youth and adults.

I also think we need to do more for young people to help them get jobs. I want to become a hairdresser in the future and know how to do so because my aunt is one. Not everyone is in this situation. I’ve seen kids give up because they don’t know how to get a job in different industries. We learn about different industries but we need to also learn the practical skillsets and get an understanding of how to actually get those jobs. This is something I want to discuss at the YAC.

I know that myself, my three younger sisters and my peers, will all face challenges to secure future jobs due to the pandemic. It’s more important now than ever, that we as young people make sure our concerns and ideas are heard and are part of the solution. I will take any opportunity I can to be part of creating change and I challenge business, government and politicians to do the same”.

Charlotte Freeman, YAC member 

Updates from Beacon Foundation August 2020

“I’ve seen kids give up because they don’t know how to get a job in different industries”
We sat down with Charlotte to hear why she decided to join Beacon’s inaugural Youth Advisory Committee. Charlotte is 17 years old and lives in George Town. She is a student at the Port Dalrymple School, part of the Collective ed. network. This is her story.

Beacon launches a new pilot program in Tasmania
Beacon has commenced a new pilot project in partnership with Tasmania’s Department of Education called Vocational Placement Pilot Project (VPPP). The project will explore the benefit an intermediary organisation like Beacon can provide to support the arrangement and completion of vocational placements for students undertaking VET courses in Tasmania. We will be working closely with a selection of secondary schools and colleges across north and north-western Tasmania. The project will support employers across all sectors to assist young people on their critical journey through education and training and onto meaningful employment. To learn more about the project, reach out to Nick Probert from Beacon Foundation directly.

“Finding their place” – calling on business to offer VET placements to help students finish Y12
Beacon are proud to be working alongside Burnie Works, North-West Industry Training Hub and business in Tasmania’s North West and on the Central Coast to deliver ‘Finding their Place’. This outcome focused campaign is call to industry to offer VET placements to local year 11/12 students who will need to undertake a VET placement to complete year 12. We want to reach as many businesses as possible across the Central Coast, Burnie, Waratah- Wynyard, Circular Head and West Coast council areas to ensure that students in the Hellyer Regional Collective will have the best opportunity to complete their training in what has been a very disrupted year for all of our young people. More information here.

Work Readiness Program is back on the ground in Tasmania and Queensland

After a long wait, Beacon is back to running our face-to-face programs in Tasmanian and Queensland schools. We recently ran a Work Readiness Program for 39 Year, 10 students, at Woodbridge School. The students identified their transferable skills and created their own elevator pitch. The highlight of the day was the mentors, a group of industry professionals volunteering their time to share personal work experiences and answer the students’ questions. The day finished with mock interviews, run by the mentors to help students practice their pitches.

Beacon Foundation is moving to a .org.au URL and email address 
As of August 31st Beacon Foundation will also update its URL to www.beaconfoundation.org.au along with updating all our email addresses the same firstname.lastname@beaconfoundation.org.au. As a visitor to our site, you do not need to do anything different. I encourage you to save our new www.beaconfoundation.org.au to your favourites and even if you by habit type in our old URL, it will auto direct you to our new URL. When reaching out to us, our old e-mails will still be working, however, you will see us reply from our new contact details. The change to a .org.au is made to better reflect our status as a not for profit. This is because a .org.au URL is reserved for non-commercial organisation and not for profits like Beacon Foundation. You can read more here.

Endless Opportunities, Endless Education Campaign launched on the Central Coast

Collective ed. has set out to ensure more young people complete year 12 or equivalent and enable them to transition into meaningful pathways after school.

Collective ed. Central Coast and Ulverstone Secondary College have been working together on a project to improve the community aspiration in the Central Coast around the value of completing Year 12 and promoting the importance to never stop learning. The campaign was co-designed with the students and the final product is now visible on the local busses, driving the streets across town inspiring young people to complete year 12 because through education “you open up a world of possibilities” Watch the launch here.

Survey shows that Tasmanians most concerned about jobs and supporting young people
Federal Group have released the results of the third survey of the Tasmanian population regarding views and actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, undertaken by EMRS. Tasmanians considered career training packages in emerging industries for high school students as most important to combat youth unemployment followed by programs to keep young people engaged in work. Beacon Foundation was asked to comment on the findings saying with chief executive Scott Harris said the challenges young people faced with employment during the coronavirus recovery period was concerning. Read the Examiner story here.

When COVID-19 opens up learning opportunities, rather than closing them down
Collective ed. was invited to speak as part of a youth work lecture series on Community Development hosted by the Australian Pacific Training Coalition, which was born out of a partnership between DFAT, Solomon Islands Government and Queensland TAFE. Sorell students Riley & Emma represented their school.



Beacon Foundation launches a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
Students in year 10-12 from across Tasmania are encouraged to apply to join Beacon’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).  We are recruiting 7 members for our YAC to ensure we continue doing our work with the voice of young people at the centre. YAC will make sure our programs and service delivery meet the need of young people and stay relevant. To learn more about the group and ways to apply, click here.


Beacon helps students to connect during lockdown. 

This month, MyRoad online mentor sessions have seen four Victorian high schools participate with their students logging in from home to have a chat with their mentors. This is part of Beacon’s ongoing commitment to support schools and communities through the COVID-19 arrangements.

Mentors in these sessions were from all over Australia. One mentor who is a marketing manager based in Darwin in the NT said: “every new session I do just keeps getting better: I learn more about these students and their lives and how they feel about the future, and it’s great being able to share advice with them on school, university and careers.” One of Beacon’s long-term mentors who is a doctor in a Melbourne hospital said: “It was a first-time running zoom with the students at home, and the girls attending were fantastic with their level of participation and engagement.” 

“Students were very engaged. Great kids, very enthusiastic,” said another long-term mentor who has mentored more than 40 groups of students.

Whilst one of the students said “The most important thing I learnt from my mentor is how much resilience we need to get to where we want to be”. Other students’ comments included:

“My favourite thing about today’s session was how well my mentor guided me through my dream career.”

“It was good being able to talk to someone I don’t know about different careers and get an outside point of view on different jobs, careers and just life in general.”

“My favourite thing about today’s session was being able to talk to someone new and learn more about different careers and advice in life.”

MyRoad sessions are running throughout 2020 and can be delivered to students at home or at school and can be booked here. If you or your organisation is interested in becoming MyRoad mentors, learn more and register here.

MyRoad mentors share their experience
“The best part of the program is definitely speaking to the students and hearing their stories and sharing your own experiences. When a student tells you at the end of a session that you’ve been able to broaden their horizon in terms of their career choices or even simply having helped them work out their strengths, it really does leave you with a good feeling” – Jo Healy, Fox Sports News Journalist. Jo Healy, Fox Sports News Journalist explains why she decided to become a MyRoad mentor and why she thinks students benefit from the opportunity.