What we do at Beacon

We are working to create an Australia that understands, cares and is motivated to support young people to successfully transition from education to meaningful employment. We build connections between industry, education and the community to create real world education in schools that is relevant and engaging for young people in the 21st century.

Our Vision

To reach, inspire and connect Australia’s future workforce.

Our Mission

To revolutionise school education.

Our History

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 140 schools and communities in 2017.

Whats happening?

Unless you've taken part in a Beacon program or activity, it's hard to explain the impact they can have on young people, and the volunteers who make them possible.

One such volunteer, Courtney Rogers from SA Water, took part in a High Impact Program with students from Salisbury East High School recently. Afterwards, she wrote to a colleague about the experience, and allowed us to share it...

"Can I just say thank you so much for the opportunity. I was nearly moved to tears yesterday seeing the potential impact a program like that could have on the lives of those children ...Their lives could go one of two ways and that program is, for some of them, the first experience they’ve had in helping them head down the right path.

"The program is a credit to Beacon, to you and the rest of the team at SA Water supporting it and to the teachers that care enough to get these kids into the program and make it happen.

"What we did was easily one of the most personally rewarding things I have done in the 6 years I have been at SA Water. It’s that sort of experience that makes me want to stay with this organisation, so good on you and the team for supporting such an incredible cause."
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Unless youve taken part in a Beacon program or activity, its hard to explain the impact they can have on young people, and the volunteers who make them possible.

One such volunteer, Courtney Rogers from SA Water, took part in a High Impact Program with students from Salisbury East High School recently. Afterwards, she wrote to a colleague about the experience, and allowed us to share it...

Can I just say thank you so much for the opportunity. I was nearly moved to tears yesterday seeing the potential impact a program like that could have on the lives of those children ...Their lives could go one of two ways and that program is, for some of them, the first experience they’ve had in helping them head down the right path.

The program is a credit to Beacon, to you and the rest of the team at SA Water supporting it and to the teachers that care enough to get these kids into the program and make it happen.

What we did was easily one of the most personally rewarding things I have done in the 6 years I have been at SA Water. It’s that sort of experience that makes me want to stay with this organisation, so good on you and the team for supporting such an incredible cause.

Beacon Foundation has great partner organisations,which encourage their staff to take part in many of our activities - both face to face and through eBeacon.

Vicinity Centres is one such organisation. Like anyone who's already navigated their way from education to employment, their staff have a lot of offer young people starting out on their road post-school.

Vicinity recently asked a group of its new employees about some of the things they've learned throughout their career journey - and provided us with some great insights! This group answered the question:

'What advice would you give High School students who don't know what they want to do after they leave school?'

Beacon offers many kinds of volunteers opportunities. If you'd like to be involved, check out our website!
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Beacon Foundation has great partner organisations,which encourage their staff to take part in many of our activities - both face to face and through eBeacon.

Vicinity Centres is one such organisation. Like anyone whos already navigated their way from education to employment, their staff have a lot of offer young people starting out on their road post-school.

Vicinity recently asked a group of its new employees about some of the things theyve learned throughout their career journey - and provided us with some great insights! This group answered the question: 

What advice would you give High School students who dont know what they want to do after they leave school?

Beacon offers many kinds of volunteers opportunities. If youd like to be involved, check out our website!

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This is great advice, for people of all ages!

It looks like the Year 9 students at Devonport High School had a great time taking part in Beacon's High Impact Program called Polish. This is the third in our series of day long work readiness workshops.

This one is designed to leave participants feeling more motivated to achieve positive outcomes when they transition into the world of work, further education or training. The program equips participants with a range of 21st Century skills.

Focus areas include: first impressions, personal brand, interview techniques, networking and communication skills and working effectively within a team.

A huge number of community volunteers were involved in the delivery of these programs, bringing the world of work directly into the classroom.

Take the time to flick through the school's fabulous photos - one reveals what some of the students are passionate about!
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It looks like the Year 9 students at Devonport High School had a great time taking part in Beacons High Impact Program called Polish. This is the third in our series of day long work readiness workshops. 

This one is designed to leave participants feeling more motivated to achieve positive outcomes when they transition into the world of work, further education or training. The program equips participants with a range of 21st Century skills.

Focus areas include: first impressions, personal brand, interview techniques, networking and communication skills and working effectively within a team.

A huge number of community volunteers were involved in the delivery of these programs, bringing the world of work directly into the classroom.

Take the time to flick through the schools fabulous photos - one reveals what some of the students are passionate about!

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Great work 👍✅

fun and educational day😀

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