Student Reflections Report

Dr Graeme Harvey was commissioned by Goldfields LLEN to undertake an evaluation of the first six years of the Passions and Pathways program. On 6 December, along with assistant researcher Seamus Curtain-Magee, Dr Harvey presented his report to the Goldfields LLEN Committee of Management and the Passions and Pathways steering committee.

Everyone was fascinated to hear the researchers’ account of interviewing current Year 12 students from BSSC who participated in the first year of Passions and  Pathways in 2012. Reflections of the students are examined in the report (available on the website here). Students clearly recalled their participation, and reflected on its value and influence on their understanding of the workplace. The experiential nature of the program appeared to have a high level of impact creating strong and vivid memories for these students and in providing a base of understanding to support future decision making.

Also in attendance were program partners, hosts and three originators of the initiative; Dr Herbert Hermens, Jeff Bothe and Dzintra Martin.

These three people, who recognised a problem and wanted to do something about it, were at the time representing industry (Dr Hermens, former CEO, Keech Australia), Local Government (Jeff Bothe, former Workforce and Industry Development Manager, City of Greater Bendigo) and education (Dzintra Martin, former Principal, Lightning Reef Primary School). Together they harnessed a group of passionate educators and business people to introduce children to the possibilities of the future through exposure to the world of work. Today, more than 40 local businesses and industry, together with students from four primary schools in low socio-economic areas experiencing intergenerational disadvantage, engage with local businesses and their employees. The authentic ‘work’ experiences lift students’ aspirations and reinforce the value of completing their education.

The Passions & Pathways Program is funded by Regional Development Victoria and the Goldfields LLEN is the lead partner.

Photo (L-R): Seamus Curtain-Magee, Jeff Bothe, Dzintra Martin, Dr Herbert Hermens, Dr Graeme Harvey.