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

Youth of Sorell team up to solve global challenges on a local scale

From tackling plastic pollution to saying no to racism, no issue is too big for Action Crew 7172.

Action Crew 7172 is a Collective ed. initiative in Sorell which sees students of Sorell Scholl explore how producing short films can be used as a tool to communicate their ideas and encourage students to participate in education and the broader community. Across six sites in Tasmania, Collective ed is exploring how a place based approach to education can positively impact year 12 attainment and meaningful pathways for young people. 

Action Crew 7172 is a student led initiative, guided by and with the support of teachers and the Collective ed. team with skillsets in video making, community development and youth leadership. The school now has a Pop Up Studio with outstanding equipment including multiple video cameras, mics and green screens. The students take the lead- performing every role in the crew- camera, sound, script, direction interviewing and editing. They also develop transferable skills such as empathy, new ways of communicating, leadership and teamwork. The development of these skills is considered crucial by Collective ed. for young people to pursue meaningful post-school pathways in the 21st century, one of the initiative’s main goals.

Action Crew 7172 work of the principle “Nothing about us, without us.”

The students describe it as an opportunity to explore their curiosity. It is a way for them to find out things they did not know we were interested in. As one of the students puts it, “to explore things is the essence of curiosity.

Creating a platform where curiosity can flourish is important to Collective ed. as it helps students stay engaged in school and identify post-school pathways that they are interested in.

Action Crew is one piece of a bigger puzzle that is being laid by Collective ed. It functions as a foundational corner piece for the long-term goals of Collective ed. where a new system can be built that supports all young people to complete year 12 and continue on a meaningful post-school pathway.

This year, Action Crew is designing social change projects to tackle real world challenges. We had a chat with the students from the crew to learn more about each project.

Tackling plastic pollution by encouraging the local community to sew their own boomerang bags

Change makers:

Tahlia
Lloyd
Lacey
Lilly

Boomerang bags is an existing world wide project where people from communities come in and sew tote bags to reduce the use of plastic bags and create conversations about the issue of plastic and pollution. The team explains;

“It is called boomerang bags because it keeps giving back to the community.”

There are more than 1100 boomerang bag communities in the world. With plastic pollution being a global issue and affecting Sorell and the community, Sorell students Tahlia, Lloyd, Lacey and Lilly think it is time for Sorell to get sewing. They believe even small things can make a big difference saying;

“if we can get the Sorell community involved and actively thinking about their plastic consumption, hopefully, there can be a few less beautiful animals suffocating because of the human race”.

This year, the team is calling on their peers to join the project. They will make a promotional film to share information about the boomerang bags project and why we urgently need to act on plastic pollution.

Importantly, they are also looking outside of the school and calling on the whole of the community to get involved. To celebrate Sorell’s upcoming bicentenary this year 2021, they want to make at least 200 bags as a gift to the community. They are inviting anyone interested in fighting plastic pollution and celebrating Sorell to join one or more of their boomerang bag sewing bees. If you want to learn more about ways to get involved, reach out to boomerang bags: boomerangbags.sorell@gmail.com

Bringing a world wide public art project to Sorell 

Change makers:

Isaac
Doug
Amelia
Deakin

In a Tasmania first, the students behind Sorell INSIDE OUT will photograph 200 portraits of young people in the community and exhibit these as part of a global initiative known as the INSIDE OUT Project.

The production team, made up by Isaac, Doug, Amelia and Deakin along with other interested students, will capture images of “awesome young people in Sorell” and print and display these portraits around the town as part of Sorell’s bi-centennial celebration. The team says too often, young people are not invited to decision making;

“Young people have brilliant ideas to make this world a better place”

“Action Crew is led by the principle that there will be nothing about us, without us. This is one piece in that puzzle and we are part of laying it out”

The production team is looking forward to working with the community to create and display the portraits to acknowledge the importance of young people. Sorell INSIDE OUT will be exhibited in public places throughout the Sorell township as part of the bi-centennial celebration. Their contribution will also be the first entry to date by the Tasmanian state to the global project putting Sorell on the map and be documented as part of the international platform insideoutproject.net/en.

Sorell School: it is time to fly the flag!

Change makers
Emma
Riley
Pascall
Kane

The project “Let’s fly the rainbow flag @ Sorell School” is an initiative to share a simple message of love is love. The team behind the initiative, Emma, Riley and Pascall wants to create an environment at school where everyone can be themselves and no one feels the need to hide their sexuality. Part of this, they say, is the simple action of seeing the rainbow flag raised on the school grounds.

They say;

“We believe in more kindness and no judgement. Everyone should be able to be their true selves, at all times”.

The team reached out to the Victorian organisation Raising Rainbows which aims to aim to raise awareness, educate communities and ultimately, reduce the instances of LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, intersex and queer) related bullying in regional schools and communities. With their support, they are launching a campaign at the school to introduce the rainbow flag. This includes building a business case for the cause as well as identifying the cost of adding another flag pole to the school and the flag itself.

The goal is to gain enough support from peers and the school as well as secure the finances needed to introduce the rainbow flag at Sorell School by the end of this year.

Sorell School says NO to Racism

Change makers
Leetesha
Maggie
Emma

Tired of hearing racist insults, Leetesha, Maggie and Emma decided they wanted to do something to stop it.

“We knew we had to do something. People use racism slurs way too much and it is hurtful”, the team said.

Together, they came up with the idea to launch a bumper sticker campaign to raise awareness and stop racism at Sorell School.

People will be encouraged to use the stickers on their cars, laptops, windows or in other publicly visible places to show their support to stop racism. Through this, the team hopes to see the stickers become a common sight at the school and throughout Sorell.

“Racism is an issue that is affecting all communities. We hope our stickers will raise awareness beyond Sorell as people travel in cars to Hobart or other places in the state. Everyone should do their part to stop racism.”


To learn more about Collective ed. Sorell and their initiatives, keep an eye out on Beacon Foundation’s social media or subscribe to our newsletter. 

About Collective ed.
Collective ed. is a five year initiative launched in 2017 by Beacon Foundation exploring how a place based approach to education can positively impact year 12 attainment and meaningful pathways for young people. Collective ed. consists of six sites and communities; Jordan River, Bayview, Sorell, Ulverstone (also known as Collective ed. Central Coast) and Deloraine/Meander Valley (recently rebranded to ‘Thrive’ by the community). Collective ed. is funded by Paul Ramsay Foundation and the Tasmanian Government. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

Beacon Foundation joins digital inclusion alliance to call for the closure of Tasmania’s digital divide

Lead by TasCOSS, the peak body for Tasmania’s community services industry, Beacon Foundation along with TasICT, The Smith Family, Carers Tasmania, COTA Tasmania, NILS Tasmania and Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania have joined forces and formed the Tasmanian digital inclusion alliance to urge all political leaders to commit to policies and actions that improve digital access, affordability and ability to ensure no Tasmanian is left offline.

TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone said Tasmania was the most digitally disadvantaged state in the country, with more than 65,000 Tasmanians unable to participate online.

“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the digital divide in our state that without urgent action is at risk of becoming even wider,” Ms Picone said.

“Access to digital services is essential for daily life, in the same way as electricity and water, and as the first state to see the full rollout of the nbn network, we should be making the most of the opportunities that digital technology brings.

“From remote schooling, to working from home or researching and applying for jobs, having access to devices and the internet has never been more vital.”

The Tasmanian digital inclusion alliance have prepared  Joint Statement on Digital Inclusion seeking commitments from all candidates and parties to a range of initiatives including improving Tasmania’s Australian Digital Inclusion Index score to at least the national average by 2025, introducing a telecommunications concession, and the provision of devices and dongles/data to all State Government school students from upper primary through to Year 12.

Beacon Foundation look forward to working with the alliance to ensure an active closure of the digital divide.

For more information, please refer to the 2021 State Election Joint Statement on Digital Inclusion.

Action Crew 7172 students featured in state wide campaign to raise funds for Beacon Foundation

Beacon Foundation are excited to announce we are one of three chosen charities in Aurora’s new Double The Plus Campaign. This means that every customer who signs up to use the aurora+ app up until May 23, 2021, gets to choose a charity that Aurora donates $30 to. Along with Beacon Foundation, the other charities include Speak Up Stay ChatTY and Cancer Council Tasmania.

The campaign will run across social media, TV and billboards. We had a great time filming our promotional video with Sorell School, the principal Jenny Cowling and Action Crew 7172.

Action Crew 7172 is a Collective ed. project which sees students explore how producing films can be used as a tool to communicate their ideas and encourage students to participate in education and the broader community. Action Crew 7172 work of the principle “Nothing about us without us.”

Students in Sorell Schools Pop Up Studio take the lead- performing every role in the crew- camera, sound, script, direction interviewing and editing, whilst building the essential skills of empathy, creativity, leadership and teamwork.

This year, Action Crew will turn their newly discovered potential into reality, from video making to change making.  Action Crew is designing social change projects; such as tackling plastic pollution by encouraging the local community to sew their own boomerang bags, taking part in a global people’s art project, saying no to racism and flying the rainbow flag at Sorell School.

 

Lilly is the Sorell School student starring in the video along with the rest of Action Crew; Mack, Jessica, Hayden and Dean.

 

Watch the video:

 

To learn more about the aurora+ campaign. Visit their website.

 

 

 

From a Beacon student to a MyRoad mentor

Recently, Beacon received two photos of an old Beacon brooch and a Student Ambassador Award from Selena Wang. Selena Wang is today a consultant at Ernst & Young and had just signed up for the first time as a MyRoad mentor volunteer through her work.

Already in High School, Selena was part of an initiative called the Beacon Ambassador program which helped young people build leadership skills. She also participated in our work-readiness workshops, High Impact Programs (HIP).  She shared the impact the programs had had on her and said they had been valuable for my personal development”. Intrigued, we asked if Selena would take the time to meet (virtually!) to tell her story and what it was like to now find herself on the other side, as a mentor in MyRoad 

Hi Selena, you’re now a MyRoad mentor, how come you decided to volunteer with Beacon Foundation?   

I wanted to volunteer with the Beacon Foundation because I wanted to give back. I had myself participated in Beacon programs when I was a student at my old high school. I’m lucky too because I can volunteer during work hours as part of our employee engagement program.   

We heard you volunteer a fair bit. What else do you do?  

I am a mentor on an all-girls robotics team in which we build a 50kg robot every summer that participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition. I also volunteer with the FIRST Lego League each year as a judge or referee. Additionally, I volunteer with Youth Without Borders, a youth-led non-for-profit organisation. In the past, I have mainly supported the Spark Engineering Camp initiative in a managing capacity. I am currently serving as a board member in the organisation 

Beacon Foundation focus on supporting youth transition from education to employment, why is this important for you to support?  

When you transition from education to employment, there is a change from one environment to another and a shift in mindset is often required. In high school, the teachers will remind us about handing in homework. At universitythe reminders are less frequent and by the time you enter the workforce the responsibility to deliver is left to you. We are now essentially in charge of our own careerGiving students the opportunity to participate in programs like MyRoad and to learn from professionals to gain new perspectives is one piece of the puzzle to help students prepare for their future. 

After being a mentor at MyRoad, was there anything the students said that made an impact on you? 

There was one section of the program where we talked about resilience. I was quite impressed by the students who shared stories about their personal experiences of displaying resilience and how they have tackled challenges they may have faced. It gave me confidence they will be able to continue to show resilience in their chosen studies and careers 

What would you say to others who are considering volunteering but may not have made up their mind just yet?  

Do it! I would highly recommend volunteering, it’s a worthwhile and rewarding experienceYou are sharing valuable knowledge with students who are very interested in what you have to say and would appreciate the insights from a conversation with a working professional.  

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 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. To register as a MyRoad volunteer mentor, please fill in this form.

Careers in sport can be many types of jobs. Learn more in Industry Live

Join Beacon’s next Industry Live on Tuesday, March 23, 11.30am to 12.30 pm AEDT.

Who are the people behind the players? There are many different careers in sport that you can have. In our next Industry Live, we’ll chat to some key people that work in sports clubs about how you can land a job like theirs to help players keep playing.

Jo Healy

The session will be hosted by Jo Healy. Jo is a Fox Sports News reporter/presenter and will be leading the conversation with panellists, discussing different jobs and opportunities in the sporting industry.

One of our panellists is David Buttifant, Co-founder and director of Resilience Builders. David has a proven track record at the highest level of elite
sport for over 25 years. He has worked with athletes at Olympic level and in the Australian Football League (AFL). His leadership and resilience facilitation experience is equally impressive. He’s delivered hundreds of presentations and programs to audiences ranging from large corporations to school and sporting communities.

He shares his evidence-based techniques and strategies to make healthy habits stick. His approach to building resilience and leadership involves planning, creating habits, self-reflection and accountability. David firmly believes that these qualities are the pathway to building a better version of oneself. They have supported him over a lifetime.

David Buttifant

David Buttifant

Through his own experiences, he has guided others to adapt, to change and to achieve success in sport, business and life. David has a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Victoria University and an MBA.

Joining David is Sarah Jenner. Sarah is an Advanced Sports Dietitian, and for the last four years has worked in Australian football with the Carlton Football Club.

Sarah also spends her time teaching Sports Nutrition to university students at La Trobe University. Sarah has always had a love for food and cooking and, grew up playing all kinds of sport – which she believes built her passion and love for what she does now.

 

Sarah’s favourite thing about working in sport is that no two days are the same, and particularly enjoys teaching footy players how to cook.

Sarah Jenner

Our final panellist is Lillian. Lillian is the Wellbeing and Engagement Manager at Carlton Football Club. She is a registered nurse and started off volunteering with the club over 8 years ago, as her family is actively involved.  Lillian has always enjoyed playing sport, being an avid netball player and loves volunteering, which has now evolved into a full-time role with the club.

 

Her skills as a nurse, helping and supporting the players when there are injuries on and off the field, has now been identified and supported by AFL, which has resulted in a role for a registered nurse to work with all clubs across the code. So, you never know where your volunteering might lead you!

Register for our March 23 event and receive your zoom link via this link.

Lillian

We will send out a recording of the session to everyone who registered but couldn’t make the live session. Please note, students will only be able to ask questions and chat to the panellists in real time. To get the most out of Industry Live, we hope you can join us live.

 

 

 


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. We will send out a recording of the session to everyone who registered but couldn’t make the live session. Please note, students will only be able to ask questions and chat to the panellists in real time. To get the most out of Industry Live, we hope you can join us live.

Investing in our kids now will deliver massive benefits in the long term

Since we began in 1988, Beacon has been working hard every day to help Tasmania’s young people have a brighter future.  A future where when they finish school, they have both emotional and technical skills and confidence to be an active participant in their community. Now more than ever we need to provide young people with capacity to become more actively engaged in the well-being of our communities.

Post-COVID we do not want to go back to the world we have come from.  We want to see brighter futures for all, but most importantly for our young people. They need a seat at the table in our state affairs and they need it now.  Young people need to be supported in a career that they are passionate about with strong connections to local businesses and employers.  In the wake of the COVID pandemic, our work is now more important than ever.

In 2017, Beacon received funding from the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the Tasmanian Government to do something unique.  With that funding, we began working in six communities across the state to bring together local schools, the community, and businesses to work with young people, help them work out what they wanted to do once they left school and then connect them with those people in their community that could help turn that dream into a reality.

We have called this project ‘Collective Ed’ and so far, it’s having a real impact.  Its focus is on community capacity building, with local people owning local issues and providing the best possible support to young people. In simple terms it’s a whole village raising a child, but the child has an integral voice in the village.

Last week, we held a conference in Hobart to discuss what we’ve learnt so far with Collective Ed, what works, what we can do better and how we can all work together to get the very best for future generations.  Importantly this is ‘warts and all’ with no politics and complete honesty about what works and what doesn’t.

Aptly, we called the conference, ‘Beyond the School Gate’, because while the focus is on kids at school, what we’re trying to do is help young Tasmanians find their way once they leave school.

One of our guest speakers was leading social entrepreneur, Jan Owen.  Jan is a passionate advocate for bringing communities together to get the best possible outcomes, an ethos that we wholeheartedly support.

Jan quoted a staggering piece of research prepared by the Victoria University called the Mitchell Report.  The Report found that “students who leave before finishing year 12 or the equivalent cost taxpayers about $24,000 annually, nearly $1 million over a working lifetime for each individual”.

Just let that sink in.  $1 million over a lifetime.

We can’t reduce everything to its dollar value.  We’re talking about people here, not numbers.  But the point remains, if we don’t provide young Tasmanians with the support they need now, the long-term impacts are going to be significant both at a personal level for the kids as well as for the rest of the community.

We need to invest now to create healthy, successful communities or spend considerably more over decades to come to deal with the consequences.

What we are finding with the Collective Ed project is that for a fraction of that $1 million cost, Beacon, with the support of schools, communities and businesses can help young Tasmanians avoid becoming disengaged and to put them on a pathway to reaching their potential.

We have had great success helping young people work out what they’re passionate about, what sparks them, what makes them want to get out of bed in the morning and giving them the support and opportunities to reach their goals.

But it is not without its challenges.

Research by the Foundation for Young Australians indicates that young people in school today who go on to work will likely need to navigate 17 different jobs spanning five different industries in their lifetime.  What we need to be doing now is to give young Tasmanians a broad set of skills and the confidence to tackle the changing jobs market.

This is a fundamental shift in how we think about our careers and how we provide career education.  Many jobs are related and require similar skills.  Rather than choosing an occupation with an unbroken path to seniority, a young person could think about developing a set of skills that opens doors to a group of potential jobs. Rather than asking a young person, what is your ‘dream job’, it may be more useful to ask what is your group of dream jobs.

We can’t afford to have young Tasmanians leave school without the right skills and knowledge to get the best start in life possible.  That’s why programs like Collective Ed are vital.

The Tasmanian Government clearly recognises this, and we are grateful for their support of Collective Ed.  In any system innovation is fundamental and we are delighted that the Government has invested in this way off the back of other policies, like extending high schools to year 12.

The Tasmanian Government is also embarking on creating a new strategy to support children and young people and this has the potential to be a game changer for future generations.  If the Tasmanian Government can learn from examples like Collective Ed, be bold enough to invest up front in our children and young people in well-targeted ways and continue to grow the economy then we are set to give our kids the chance to be the best they can be.

The challenge is that there are no easy solutions or silver bullets.  We must remain nimble and focused on the task at hand.

That’s the other strong point of the Collective Ed project.  It is flexible and tailored to each individual person and community.  We develop a response that suits the young person, where they’re at on their journey and how to help them get where they want to go, rather than trying to force the square pegs into round holes.  By building community capacity we are building something that is quickly adaptable to suit the circumstances of each young person.

Why are we investing so much time, money, and effort into this?  Because our young people are worth it, and they need us now.

Scott Harris is the Chief Executive of the Beacon Foundation

Tips to build your self-confidence is the topic of the next Industry Live

Join Beacon’s next Industry Live Wednesday 17th March 2021 – 11am to 11.30am.

The next Industry Live is part of our Skills Series. The topic is “How to build your self-confidence”. Our panellist, Fletcher Clark is a 4th year Economics & Law student. Fletcher is also the secretary of the National Association of Australian University Colleges, where he educates and trains other students to support each other in residential colleges. He will share his experiences, advice and tips on how to build your self-confidence, the importance of backing your-self, trying new things and getting outside of your comfort zone.

Register for our March 17 event and receive your zoom link via this link.

We will send out a recording of the session to everyone who registered but couldn’t make the live session. Please note, students will only be able to ask questions and chat to the panellists in real time. To get the most out of Industry Live, we hope you can join us live.

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. We will send out a recording of the session to everyone who registered but couldn’t make the live session. Please note, students will only be able to ask questions and chat to the panellists in real time. To get the most out of Industry Live, we hope you can join us live.

Industry Live to explore automotive jobs as a future career path with Komatsu and RACT

Join Beacon’s next Industry Live on 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.

One of our panellists is Tim, State Manager for Komatsu in Tasmania. Komatsu is a manufacturer & distributor of earthmoving machines backed by experienced personnel & advanced technology. 

Tim started in the industry completing an apprenticeship as a boiler maker welder. He joined Komatsu after his apprenticeship and was in the workshop for 7 years. He then had the opportunity to move off the tools and into sales, using this knowledge of parts and machinery. For the last 8 years he has been the State Manager.

Tim will share more about the work Komatsu does and the types of jobs that are involved in the heavy machinery and earthmoving industry. Students will find out about what skills they might need to work in this area and the different pathways and opportunities available.

Joining Tim is Chris and another Tim from RACT. Chris started a business traineeship with RACT straight after school. He has worked in various sections of the organisation from insurance to safety, where he gives qualified advice on fitting children’s car seats and he now also works as a driver trainer. His colleague Tim works as a patrol driver at RACT. Tim will tell us more about the qualifications and skills you need if an automotive career fixing cars and helping others appeals to you.

Register for our March 11 event and receive your zoom link via this link.

We will send out a recording of the session to everyone who registered but couldn’t make the live session. Please note, students will only be able to ask questions and chat to the panellists in real time. To get the most out of Industry Live, we hope you can join us live.

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. We will send out a recording of the session to everyone who registered but couldn’t make the live session. Please note, students will only be able to ask questions and chat to the panellists in real time. To get the most out of Industry Live, we hope you can join us live.

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.”

 

Industry Live to explore the topic “Apprenticeships and traineeships” on February 25

Join Beacon’s next Industry Live on 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!

Our panellist is Chelsea, a Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic. Chelsea has always loved working on cars and always played with the idea of being a mechanic, but just didn’t know for sure if it was the right option for her. Chelsea completed Year 12 then started a baking apprenticeship. But a few things made Chelsea realise being a baker wasn’t right for her, and so she moved on to a Big W supervisor role and then roles as a warehouse store person and in real estate before finally deciding to pursue that early dream, take a leap of faith and apply for a diesel mechanic apprentice position with Cummins. It turns out that her work experience along the way actually helped Chelsea nail her interview, and now having started her apprenticeship her employer rates her as one of their best apprentices. Chelsea has big dreams for her career and is excited to have the opportunity to share her tips and tricks for young people looking to start an apprenticeship, including how to trust your gut and find your dream career.

To register for our February 25 event, click here.

We will send out a recording of the session to everyone who registered but couldn’t make the live session. Please note, students will only be able to ask questions and chat to the panellists in real time. To get the most out of Industry Live, we hope you can join us live.

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. We will send out a recording of the session to everyone who registered but couldn’t make the live session. Please note, students will only be able to ask questions and chat to the panellists in real time. To get the most out of Industry Live, we hope you can join us live.