During a six-year funding partnership with Beacon, Colonial provided funding to support the development of the highly successful Beacon program in 12 selective secondary schools, located predominantly in low socio-economic status areas in Victoria, Queensland, NSW and Tasmania.  Beacon provides an intensive, in-school, mentor supported program aimed at young people aged 15 to 16 years. The program is designed to assist participants successfully transition post school into further education, training or employment. Beacon partner with an extensive group of corporate and philanthropic organisations to leverage their impact and increase opportunities for disadvantaged young people to lead successful and rewarding lives.