The Goldfields LLEN undertakes a range of programs focused on improving education, work and life outcomes for young people.

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. We offer a range of tailored work placement options that benefit both students and businesses alike, including Work Experience, School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and Structured Workplace Learning.

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.

Young Industry Ambassadors

Aged between 18-30, 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.

Youth Take Over

Youth Take Over aims to address the problems young people face entering the labour market after leaving school in the Loddon Campaspe region.

This project will bring about a better system of support to help young people who are unemployed or at risk of unemployment enter our growing industries.

Youth research shows young people need a supportive eco-system that can address all the barriers they face and help generate local solutions that attach them to pathways and jobs.

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. Goldfields LLEN 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.

The Goldfields LLEN manages the On Track Referral Program to support young people in our region with proactive advice, guidance and support as required, with their post-school education, training and/or employment pathways.

Read the most recent report below.

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.