Goldfields LLEN maximises opportunites for young people to make a successful transition through school to further education, training and employment through school, industry and community partnerships.

We create opportunities, pathways and sustainable support systems for young people across the City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander and Central Goldfields Shires.

To find out about the statewide Local Learning and Employment Network visit: http://www.llen.org.au

The GLLEN is a Child Safe Workplace and is on both Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Country, whose ancestors and their descendants are the traditional owners of this Country.


David Burton, Executive Officer

David Burton comes to us with over 15 years’ experience as a demonstrated leader in education programs and a proven track record of sustainable partnerships across the education, industry, government, arts and cultural sectors.

David has managed education innovation, curriculum resources, teacher capacity and pathway development programs both nationally and internationally. He was most recently Project Manager at Victorian Department of Education and Training, managing the Bendigo Education Plan.

Michael Hockley, Work Placement Coordinator

Michael Hockley is the Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator for the Goldfields LLEN. Michael has worked part time since the inception of the SWL program which commenced in May 2016. Michael has worked in the Employment Services industry for the past 15 years and has a passion for assisting people into work, so SWL provides an ideal vehicle to support young people to find workplace learning opportunities.

Michael has strong industry networks in many areas and is committed to assisting young people to find pathways into areas of interest for individual students. To date, approximately 80 employers have been engaged as Host Employers on the SWL portal.

Lena Mitchell, Program Manager and Associate Producer

Lena Mitchell is the Program Manager and Associate Producer for the Passions and Pathways program. With over 25 years of strategy, leadership and delivery experience spanning online and face to face education and engagement programs, Lena has worked with parents and early learners through to university students.

Lena’s creative and collaborative approach has delivered sustainable, high quality educational and community engagement project outcomes in metro, regional and rural Australia, Indigenous communities, and internationally.  

Lauren Shelton, Programs and Operations Coordinator

Lauren Shelton is our Programs and Operations Coordinator. She has over 12 years’ experience in the Business Management, Finance and Consulting sectors, having worked across an extensive number of local and international organisations.

Lauren manages our Young Industry Ambassador Program, Operations and a range of partnership development programs in our region. She brings a unique skillset to the Goldfields LLEN and our partners in the development of sustainable business practices, project management and leadership.