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, Primary Schools & Workplaces in Partnership, engages Year Six primary school students in Bendigo, the unique opportunity to participate in a range of authentic experiences with the ‘world of work’. The school communities participating include significant intergenerational disadvantage, where family members may have little or no experience with employment.
In May of 2020, Passions & Pathways applied for the Worksafe Leadership and Achievement Award. Occupational Health and Safety is not usually addressed until much later in children’s education. Passions & Pathways is the first primary school based OH&S education program. The dedication of Paul Flood, and his team from Safety Systems has ensured that each year a highly professional session is delivered to all students and their teachers.
The students who have participated in Passions & Pathways have developed a level of understanding that other students their age do not have. By giving them ‘hands on’ practical experience from a trained OH&S specialist, students gain valuable knowledge that is directly applicable when they visit workplaces.
One of the many outcomes of Passions & Pathways is students are made aware of OH&S practices in a variety of workplaces, including their own school. They can articulate them; and can identify and comply with them while on their workplace tours and their respective workplace projects.
The OH&S component of Passions & Pathways creates a memorable experience for the students and normalises the workplace being a safe place. It reinforces the message for students, that following rules is an important part of being a member of society.
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.
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.
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. Executive Officer, Anne Brosnan, is a member of the Bendigo Tech School Advisory Board and the Bendigo Tech School Industry Committee.
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.
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 since 2016, 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. 40 matches have been made over the past four years.
The Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network partners with organisations throught central Victoria.