Beacon Program – Creating Opportunities for Students

NUMBER 1 NO DOLE SCHOOL IN AUSTRALIA

Western Port Secondary College has won a national award for its innovative career education initiative No Dole – Bright Futures.

Western Port received the Beacon Foundation award for “The Best No Dole School in Australia” at a dinner in Melbourne recently.

The College beat 100 other schools in the running for the Beacon Foundation No Dole program nationwide to take out the highly regarded accolade.

No Dole is a careers program targeted at students usually at year 10, but inclusive of other year levels, and aims to provide the knowledge and skills to choose positive career pathways post compulsory schooling.

The Beacon Foundation works with schools to establish community and business links to broaden the employment, training or further schooling opportunities for students through programs such as site tours, mock interviews, a work ready Polish program, mentoring and work placement.

Beacon Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Scott Harris said Western Port Secondary College’s commitment to innovation and development via the Beacon No Dole program is inspiring.

“Western Port has built strong business and community links through the program, ensuring the students are exposed to a range of career options and are well prepared for the workforce,” Mr Harris said.

The College’s Acting principal Kym Bridgford and in school Beacon coordinator Gina Mathers, were thrilled to receive the award.

“I feel very honoured and proud that our program has been acknowledged in this way,” Mr Bridgford said.

“The success of the program is largely due to the incredible commitment of the school staff and community in supporting their local young people,” he said.

Interview Opportunities:

Beacon Foundation State Manager – Anthony Garnham – 0411 311 214

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Western Port Secondary College Principal – Michael Devine – (03) 5979 1577