Beacon Foundation


Beacon believes that every young person has the right to hope, a job, financial opportunity and a sense of personal success.

Australia faces a labour force where being ‘work ready’ has never been more important. Young people have huge challenges entering the workforce. They experience a labour market that:

• Has less opportunities for full time and permanent work – and growing part time and casual jobs

• Has jobs at risk of automation

• Sees longer transitions between school and work.

Nowadays, on average, it takes almost five years for a young person to move from school to full-time work.Beacon Foundation helps young people start planning their future and preparing for this changing work order long before they leave the school gates.

There is a recognised need for strong futures planning within the education system. But we need to do more to help young people transition from school into work or other opportunities. Beacon Foundation acts as a ‘connector’ between schools, young people and industry so that we can actively:

• Make education more relevant, relatable and engaging

• Help young people think about potential careers and work environments

• Help young people be prepared to enter the workforce

• Generate employment options and pathways for young people

• Advocate for the value of connecting schools, industry and community

Beacon Foundation focuses on low ICSEA schools and communities experiencing disadvantage. We don’t believe someone’s options in life should be limited because of their postcode or background.

We work directly in community and with the experiences held in schools so that young people from all backgrounds can:

• Think about potential careers and work environments

• Become more ready with ‘real life’ and practical skills that are relevant to work

• Have access to work networks and connections

A long-time advocate for young people, Beacon Foundation understands that supporting their education and employment opportunities can be challenging. There are persistent problems that young people experience – often compounded by many layers of disadvantage.

Sometimes solutions are stuck in between political cycles, funding availability and shifting government priorities. Against this backdrop we understand the importance of linking the experiences of young people, education and employment to wider systemic problems. Understanding and addressing the cause of linked social problems allows us to start to consider how we may ultimately prevent them, rather than solving the ‘symptom.’