Beacon, a national non-profit organisation working in more than 110 secondary schools across all Australian states and territories, believes every young Australian can develop an independent will to achieve personal success for themselves and their community. Beacon has an established track record of helping inspire and motivate students to either stay in school and increase their educational engagement and attainment or choose a positive pathway that enables successful transition to employment, further education or training.
Kent Street is proud to have formed an Industry Partnership with Virgin Australia. This partnership allows students, who have the appropriate clearance, to fly ‘jump-seat’ in Virgin Australia aircraft. Virgin Australia also provides an opportunity for students to undertake work experience in various occupations offered by the company.
Besides providing students with practical and relevant learning experiences, another aim of the program is to provide students with direct employment opportunities with Virgin Australia upon graduation from Kent Street.
Kent Street is proud to have formed an Industry Partnership with the WACA. This partnership allows students access to elite coaches to help in player development as well as access to the indoor training facility of the WACA to use during the winter months. The WACA also provides an opportunity for students to undertake work experience in various occupations.
Kent Street is proud to have formed an Industry Partnership with Stockland. This partnership provides the opportunity for students to be involved in the retail Fashion industry.
Kent Street has formed an 'Adopt a School' partnership with Western Australia's regional and remote power utility, Horizon Power.
The partnership seeks to give Aboriginal students at the school insights into future workplace opportunities and careers.
Horizon Power itself has a large number of Aboriginal customers; the company has committed to an Aboriginal Employment and Engagement Strategy under which it is aiming to grow the proportion of Aboriginal employees to 20% by 2015/16.
The Strategy seeks to increase the participation of Aboriginal people in Horizon Power employment, training and contracting opportunities. The company’s administration centre is located in the Technology Park, Bentley near the School.
Since the partnership was established, the parties have engaged on a number of activities including:
- Aboriginal student encouragement award
- Work experience
- Career talks and tours (including a visit to a Horizon Power service provider, Fujitsu Australia)
- Joint events during NAIDOC week
Horizon Power has recruited school graduates in entry-level clerical jobs.
Laing O’Rourke is Australia’s largest privately owned engineering and construction solutions company. The Group has a global presence, with significant operations in the northern and southern hemispheres.
In 2011 Kent Street signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Laing O'Rourke. The partnership was created to encourage, engage and retain Indigenous students in school and industry pathways.
Laing O’Rourke employs a large number of Indigenous people across their Australian operations. This is supported by their Reconciliation Action Plan and signatory status to the Australian Employment Covenant.
Some of the programmes and opportunities Laing O’Rourke has been involved in include:
- Aboriginal School Based Traineeship Programme
- Work experience
- Site visits to construction sites
- NAIDOC Week
- Career talks and workshops
- Aboriginal Attendance Rewards Scheme