For the first couple of years, illuminate Education was focused on inspiring Tasmanian students, but it didn’t take long for us to realise that what we saw in our own community was common across Australia. That’s why in 2016 we started a two-year national rollout, which meant that 2017 saw us really hit our stride across Australia.
Our team crisscrossed the country inspiring students in every community we found, running 26 programs for High School students and a couple of junior programs too – which was up from 8 in 2016.
Some of the highlights for 2017 include;
- We’ve always been focused on supporting regional and remote communities across Australia, and in 2017 we inspired more regional students than those in capital cities and metro regions across Australia. And when you consider we reached communities such as King Island, Dubbo, Alice Springs, Whyalla, Sale, Smithton and Scottsdale amongst many others, our team definitely reached out to communities where entrepreneurship and innovation are essential for their future!
- As a Tasmanian business, seeing the impact we are making nationally still stuns us! Considering the first illuminate:nextgen Challenge was shaped to help students in Launceston take on the world in 2010, we’re now impacting students in almost every state and territory – and looking to grow these numbers once again in 2018.
- In 2016, we inspired around 800 students in Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. In 2017, we inspired over 2500 students in almost every single state and territory across Australia – more than tripling our impact in the previous year and being our strongest year of growth we’ve ever seen. With the strong support of fantastic partners and ambassadors for what we do in communities across Australia, it’s been a team effort to make this happen. While every organisation that has helped out, judge or support our programs have been amazing, we’ve got to call out these organisations who were our major partners in 2017; Australia Post Regional Pitchfest, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, Deakin Business School, University of Newcastle (Ourimbah Campus) & University of Tasmania.
- It’s fascinating to see the different ages and stages of learning we’re impacting. While our programs were originally shaped for students at Years 9 & 10 when they are making the big decisions about their future (and still remain our strongest group), we’re excited by reaching a wide range of students from Year 4 through to Year 12 for the following reasons;
Our Primary School students are creative in their approach naturally, so supporting them with the business and problem-solving skills see them challenge all of us to think differently and they’ll take that with them into high school.
- Students are Year 7 and 8 are getting more time to take the opportunities that are presented to them throughout school, which is only going to benefit them in the long run.
- By engaging with students in their final years of school too we’re showcasing what the modern working world is really like, letting them embrace and develop the skills they need.