Who is the Beacon Foundation?
Beacon have an established track record of helping inspire and motivate students to either stay in school and increase their educational engagement or choose a positive pathway that enables successful transition to employment, further education or training.
Beacon’s programs support young people to develop this focus through engaging and influencing the attitudes and behavior of the broader community. By harnessing community involvement, it works within the schools to ensure young people are earning or learning at a transition point in their lives.
Beacon Partnership Coordinators assist with career education programs by demonstrating best practice techniques, providing resources, tools, established programs, industry and business linkages and strategic connections for a whole community approach.
The Partnership Coordinator works in conjunction with Beacon School Ambassadors who are selected from the Yr 10 cohort. The BSAs attend regular meetings and organize the programs that take place through the year. This is a leadership role and the school can see how the students grow in confidence and self-belief and become young adults. From making phone calls to businesses, public speaking, hosting events and booking guest speakers, the role of a BSA is varied and exciting and many challenges are overcome along the way.
Polish @ Debritz
Polish is a one day workshop that helps young people prepare for the careers through personal presentation and communication training, giving the students the skills to conduct themselves appropriately when entering the world of work. Core to the program is a sit-down lunch that gives the students an opportunity to network with local business people and use their new found communication and culinary skills learned during the workshop.
Wine & Cheese Evening @ Warragul Country Club
This evening was organized by the BSAs as a Thank You to local business people who have supported the school during the year and hosted students during Work Experience Week. This was a fantastic evening for the local community members to network and relax while gaining valuable marketing tips from our guest speaker, Winston Marsh.
Speed Careers @ WRC
The new and improved version of “Speed Dating”!!! All the Yr 10 students had the opportunity to speak to over 16 different business people and gain a valuable insight into what a day in the life of a builder/teacher/Emergency Rescue nurse/Radio presenter, to name a few, is like and the pathways to get there. Again, the support from the local business people to give up a couple of hours of their time was greatly appreciated by all students and many went away with plenty to think about.
Polish @ SKM Engineering
This was another opportunity for a group of Yr 10 students to the skills required for the wide world of work. WRC was offered the chance to take the group of students to SKM Engineering in Melbourne and giving the students the opportunity to have a peek into what the corporate world is like and certainly, it was very impressive. We could only get to the floor that the session took place on with security as it was a secure level!!!!
Charter Signing @ WRC
Charter Signing is the signature event for the program where Yr 10 students publicly make a pledge that by March of the following year, they will be in further education, employment or training. Members of the local business community also attended to help support the Yr 10s with their pledge and we also have a guest speaker, Kate McLennan speak about how to survive the stress of school while also making the most of every opportunity.
The students get the opportunity to sit a formal interview with local business people and receive valuable feedback from the interviewers on how they went in the interview.
This is something that is only just beginning here in the school. We had Cory Ward, a builder, come and speak to a Maths class where he shared his knowledge of the building industry with the students and connected the dots in Maths and real life situations.
Throughout the year, we have been very generously supported by these local businesses: Cory Ward, Vline, Viatek, NAB, APM, WHK Accountants, Jindi Cheese, Jana Living, MEGT, Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN, 3GG Radio, Warragul Gazette, Jude’s Driving School, Berry Street, Victoria Police, Gippsland Power, Satin Edge Photography, The Press Cellars, Minx Beauty & Tanning, TXU-Recovre, Fonterra, Print Solutions, AGA, Sure Constructions, Nicho’s Megasports, Select Office Supplies, Warragul Leisure Centre, DEECD, RGM Accountants and Vin Rowe Farm Machinery.
For more information on how to become involved in the Beacon program here at WRC please contact Sarah Taylor on 5623 9900 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Beacon Foundation follow this link: www.beaconfoundation.com.au