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 & Pathways gives Year 6 students a taste of the ‘world of work’ by engaging with local businesses at their workplace. Currently, the program operates across the City of Greater Bendigo and Mount Alexander Shire, with the Central Goldfields Shire due to commence in 2022. The program aims to develop student aspirations for further education and work options. Giving them this experience can make students aware of a range of careers and pathways they may not have had before. 

Work Placements

Secondary students are looking for a wide range of opportunities to experience the world of work before they decide on a career pathway. The Goldfields LLEN offers a range of tailored work placement options that benefit both students and businesses alike. Placements include Work Experience, School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and Structured Workplace Learning for young people in Years 10 – 12 studying Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or enrolled in Vocational Education and Training (VET). The SWL 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 18 to 30 years so that school students can easily relate to them. 

Bendigo Tech School

The Bendigo Tech School is a purpose-built facility for all Bendigo secondary students. It features innovative, curriculum-aligned learning experiences. This is achieved through collaboration with industry and community to address the challenges of authentic real-world problems. Executive Officer, Dave Burton, is a member of the Bendigo Tech School Advisory Board and the Bendigo Tech School Industry Committee. 

Bendigo Innovation Festival 

The Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival (BIIF) celebrates and promotes local invention and innovation, helps create the environment for great ideas to flourish and brings world-class innovation thought leaders to Bendigo. 

On Track Connect

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

Principal for a Day sees local business and community leaders ‘shadow’ a school principal, participating in normal day-to-day activities in a primary, special or secondary school. This experience strengthens relationships based on knowledge and understanding between the private sector and education. 

Since 2016, Goldfields LLEN has played a lead role matching over 40 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. 


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