The Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network (GLLEN) has been funded by the state government to improve education, training and employment options and outcomes for young people.

Passions & Pathways

Passions and Pathways is a partnership between the GLLEN, Bendigo primary schools, state and local government, industry bodies and over 40 local businesses and organisations.

Structured Workplace Learning

Work placements for young people in Years 10 – 12 studying Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or enrolled in Vocational Education and Training (VET). The SWL Statewide Portal helps school students to find work placements with employers locally and across Victoria.

Young Industry Ambassadors

YIAs are trained to present their own career pathways to students in upper primary and secondary schools. The diverse routes young employees have taken can enlighten students’ knowledge about the various pathways to achieve career goals and see the value of school completion. YIAs are usually between the ages of 20 to 30 years so that school students can easily relate to them.

Bendigo Tech School

The Bendigo Tech School is a purpose built facility (open 2018) for all Bendigo secondary students. It features innovative learning experiences which connect with each school’s curriculum. This is achieved through collaboration with industry and community to address the challenges of authentic real-world problems.

Bendigo CoderDojo

CoderDojo is a volunteer-led community of free programming clubs for young people between 7 and 17. They learn skills such as building a website, creating an app or a game, and exploring technology in an informal, creative and social environment.

Bendigo Inventor Awards

The Bendigo Inventor Awards connect education, government, industry and community to create an ecosystem for innovative and entrepreneurial inventors including youth.


The objective of InnoKids is to equip primary school children with social entrepreneur skills, leadership skills and teamwork skills that ready them for the world of work.

On Track

On Track provides a comprehensive picture of what happens to young people after they leave school by collecting Destination Data. This assists the Victorian Government to improve school, career, local job and training services. It also helps to develop the support available to young people to ensure they have access to the guidance and skills they need to achieve their education and employment goals. A survey is taken by school leavers who have left school in the last six months to find out if they are on track to a bright future

The Victorian Department of Education and Training has asked the state-wide LLEN Network, including the GLLEN, to manage the On Track Referral Program to support young people in the GLLEN area with advice, guidance and support, as required, with their post-school education, training and/or employment pathways once they have left secondary school.  The GLLEN employs a part-time team member each year to manage this Program.

Principal For A Day

The mission of Principal for a Day is to increase and strengthen relationships, based on knowledge and understanding, between the private sector and education. Partnerships between key leaders in education, business and the wider community are especially important. There is ample evidence, from OECD in particular, on the strong relationship between education and employment, and social harmony and economic prosperity, at individual and societal levels.

The GLLEN has played a significant role during 2016 and 2017, matching school hosts with local business and industry leaders. The matching has been purposeful, linking schools and business/industry leaders who are involved in partnerships with the Bendigo Tech School and Passions and Pathways. 20 matches have been made over the past two years.


The Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network partners with organisations throught central Victoria.