Australia has high rates of disengagement of 15–19 yr olds from education and employment, and those that are disadvantaged are worst off.
Beacon, a national non-profit organisation, is helping inspire and motivate students to either stay in school or choose a positive pathway to employment, further education or training. They do this by connecting schools, businesses and communities.
For young people to transition onto positive pathways they need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make informed decisions, to have appropriate post school opportunities, and support to navigate their options and disappointments along the way.
Beacon works in over 120 secondary schools across Australia, to ensure young people are either earning or learning at vulnerable transition points in their lives.
Through our partnership with Beacon, Origin employees volunteer their time in a range of ways to help inspire and expose students to the many career paths within corporate organisations like Origin.
The ‘Origin Uncovered’ program is one such initiative, where students participate in a range of activities based on real job roles and hear from employees about their career experiences, backgrounds and different jobs performed around the business.
Rebecca Pickering is a General Manager in Origin’s oil and gas business. She studied engineering in the UK and finance in Australia and believes all young people are entitled to a great education. In particular, she’d like to see more girls considering engineering as a profession. Speaking about why she chose to volunteer through the ‘Origin Uncovered’ program, Rebecca said “It’s a great opportunity for students to come to Origin and see inside a company – a small window into working life. The opportunities that I remember really enjoying were going to factories and power stations and seeing what real life was like. I started to think about what I might like to do for my career and hence what I might choose to do at university.”