Entries by Penny Younger

Story of a mentor: why you might like to join her

Think back to when you were in Year 10. Did anyone give you advice on where your strengths or passions could lead you in the world of work? When you were in Year 11 or 12, was there someone who encouraged you, told you that you could achieve whatever you set your mind to? For […]

“Just don’t give up – just keep going.”

Michael Kelly lives about half an hour outside Kyabram, a town in central Victoria, around two and a half hours drive from Melbourne. Beacon Foundation’s programs have been a fixture at his school for many years, so along with his entire cohort, when Michael hit Year 10 this year, he took part in a High […]

Lighting the way for Australian young people

What do you get when hundreds of dedicated Vicinity Centres’ people create fundraising and awareness activities for Beacon Foundation? – well, it’s called ‘Light the Way’ and it’s just wrapped up around the country. Vicinity Centres is one of Beacon Foundation’s fantastic partners – with shopping destinations in many communities around Australia where Beacon Foundation […]

Beacon Foundation at the National Youth Commission

As a national organisation that supports young people in their transition from education to meaningful employment, Beacon Foundation is pleased to have had the opportunity to present its experience to the National Youth Commission, when it visited Hobart on June 4th. The Commission, into Youth Employment and Transitions, is making its way around Australia over […]

Young people encouraged to look to growth industries

Thriving industries in Tasmania are being supported to find the next generation of workers through a program run by Beacon Foundation, and highlighted on ABC Local Radio in Tasmania today. The Growth Industries Preparation Program (GrIPP) is running in North West Tasmania, a region which has long had very high levels of youth unemployment. Beacon […]

Mentoring programs highlighted in report to Government

The importance of labour market programs for young people, including mentoring programs, has been included in one of the recommendations to government in a new Senate Committee report. The Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment handed down its final report on the effectiveness of the Jobactive system. The Government describes Jobactive as “the Australian […]

Taking the fear out of further education – students mentoring students

Fear of the unknown is common to most of us. For students thinking of heading to university, this is a pretty big unknown, and one that comes with lots of questions. A group of Queensland students recently had their questions about university answered, in a special event organised by Beacon Foundation and Origin Energy. University […]

Disappointed in changes at Mitchell Institute, Victoria University

Beacon Foundation is saddened to learn of the changes at Mitchell Institute in Victoria University, which will see it cease to exist in its current form next year.  For the past five years, the Mitchell Institute has been at the forefront of educational research in Australia. They have led inquiries and campaigns around: Value of […]

Response to Senate Committee report – ‘Future of work and workers”

  The future of the world of work in Australia is once again being highlighted, with the handing down of a Senate Committee Report. Beacon Foundation welcomes the tabled report on the ‘Future of Work and Workers’, as it brings to the attention of Government and the wider community the disconnection between education and employment […]