Beacon’s End Game

Working towards an Australia that understands, cares and is motivated to support young people to successfully transition from education to meaningful employment.

The Beacon Foundation

The Beacon Foundation, established in 1988 in Tasmania, has grown to become a national not for profit organisation, operating in all Australian states and territories.

We believe every young person has the right to hope, a job, financial opportunity and the sense of personal success this provides them. Beacon focuses on disadvantaged communities and areas of high youth disengagement and unemployment, where the risk and the need are greatest. We work with schools, businesses and communities to help bring relevance to the curriculum, and inspire young people to think about careers and experience the workplace, long before they leave school. This helps school retention rates and teaches real-life skills, preparing them for the workplace.

Beacon will assist over 15,000 young Australians from just over 120 schools and communities in 2015.


Latest News

Outcomes for Beacon Students

Percentage of young people engaged in work or education after year 12
Beacon Schools
Average Student
Lower SES Quartile
Victorian Government Next Steps Survey 2012, Queensland Government On Track Survey 2012. Beacon 2013 Platinum Alumni Schools

Whats happening?

Beacon Alumni School, Cressy District High School (CDHS), a rural school in Northern Tasmania, was highlighted in The Case as an outstanding example of increased retention. The report stated that through offering a variety of engagement techniques CDHS has increased the number of their students continuing training and education beyond year 10 from 58% in 2009 to 97% in 2013.
Beacon is currently working with 18 schools across Tasmania and over 110 schools nationally. #realfutures #education #makingadifference #inclusivelearning
Beacon’s latest Annual Outcomes Report states that 95% of students from Beacon Foundation schools were fully engaged in education, work or training eight months after completing year 10 in 2013. This is compared to the average percentage of 16-17 year old Australians from low SES areas, with just 87.1% fully engaged. Read More at
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In 2014 Beacon schools, corporate sponsors and local business prepared and placed 276 young people into real jobs. Through Beacon’s Real Futures Generation Program, young people at risk of leaving school and becoming unemployed were invited to learn about job opportunities in interactive classroom sessions or in the workplace environment, and those who developed an interest in the job opportunities were then given the support needed to secure it. #RealFutures #Jobs #MeaningfulFutures #JobOpportunities Find out more about the Beacon Foundation
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Nick Orchard, one of our Senior Business Engagement Managers in Melbourne, is proud of the way the Beacon model helps to bring relevance to curriculum and inspire young people to think about careers and experience the workplace long before they leave school. ... See MoreSee Less

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