Goldfields LLEN

Goldfields LLEN


2021 has been a year to celebrate, despite it being one of the hardest years we've ever faced.

Thank you to the Department of Education & Training, Victoria, schools, communities, industries and employers who have partnered with LLENs (over this year and the past 20 years), helping us help young people on their journey from school to work.

Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning & Employment Network
Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN
Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston LLENde, Glen Eira and Kingston
Campaspe Cohuna LLEN
Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network
Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network
Frankston Mornington Peninsula LLEN
Future Connect
Gateway LLEN
Geelong Region LLEN
Gippsland East LLEN
Glenelg & Southern Grampians Local Learning & Employment Network
Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network
Goulburn Murray LLEN
Highlands LLEN
Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network (HWLLEN)
Inner Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network
Inner North Jobs for Youth
Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley LLEN
Murray Mallee LLEN
NE Tracks LLEN
North Central LLEN
North East Local Learning and Employment Network - NELLEN
Northern Mallee LLEN
Outer Eastern LLEN
South East LLEN
South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning & Employment Network
South West Local Learning and Employment Network Inc.
Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN
AR, VR & EdTech, produced in partnership with the Royal Society of Victoria for AR, VR and EdTech.
Mike Flatley, CEO, Royal Society of Victoria
Lisa Kerr, Project Coordinator, Goulburn Murray LLEN
Dave Burton, CEO, Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network
Dr. Sophia Frentz, Data Consultant, Eliiza
Dr. Jo Blannin, Senior Lecturer, Monash University
Find out more about a new initiative enabling a group of Kalianna School Bendigo students to create a whole-of-community video submission to the Victorian Government’s review of the Disability Act.
Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network
New youth-led research released today shows that work experience is vital for getting your first job, but employers say it can be a range of things (volunteering, sport...). COVID-19 has dramatically impacted on all the ways young people can get work experience, including school placements and community activity. The good news is the report shows communities can provide alternatives through projects (like this research) where young people solve community challenges.

is creating these opportunities for young people in our region with our sponsors

Read the young interns advice about how you can get the jobs in our region at

Victorian LLENs North Central LLEN Campaspe Cohuna LLEN Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network
"Many of the growing industries are actually experiencing skill shortages: not only are young people keen and willing to work these jobs, but they are actually out there!"

Last week, we had the privilege of hearing from Julia Sandeman, a Research Intern from the How Work Works project. Julia featured at the Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network(GLLEN) AGM discussing some exciting finding from the research.

You can learn more, or read the full report here:

North East Local Learning and Employment Network - NELLEN are currently recruiting interns to conduct the same research in the Albury Wodonga region. If this sounds like you or a young person you know, contact [email protected]. Or for more information, click

How Work Works was a partnership between North Central LLEN Campaspe Cohuna LLEN, Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network(GLLEN) and Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network. The research was prepared by Jeanette Pope, who supported 9 young interns to interview 26 employers and survey 258 young people.
Tam is talking with Dave Burton, Executive Officer of Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network about how they decided to go with TikTok and how they are making it happen.

Industry is vibrant and healthy in the Goldfields region. To maintain this, the future of our workfo

Operating as usual

Goldfields LLEN hiring Placement and Industry Engagement Officer in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia | LinkedIn 03/11/2022

Goldfields LLEN hiring Placement and Industry Engagement Officer in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia | LinkedIn

Placement and Industry Engagement Role at Goldfields LLEN - Applications open until COB 11th November.

Placement and Industry Engagement Officer – Flexible hours/work from home and in the office

Goldfields LLEN hiring Placement and Industry Engagement Officer in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia | LinkedIn Posted 4:35:48 AM. Placement and Industry Engagement Officer - Flexible hours/work from home and in the office Play…See this and similar jobs on LinkedIn.


Appreciation Post!

Today is World Teacher’s Day.

The Goldfields LLEN team share our admiration and give a big "thank you" to all the teachers, who have tirelessly supported our students over the last few challenging years.

Tag a local teacher who has shown their dedication to ensuring the next generation is well prepared for the future.


Bendigo Expo Day!

At the end of term 3, Grade 5 & 6 students from Heathcote Primary School, Lightning Reef Primary School, Specimen Hill Primary School, Eaglehawk Primary School, St. Peter's Primary School, and California Gully Primary School came together to celebrate their work and learnings throughout their Passions & Pathways journey.

If you missed any of our Expo Days, you can still catch the P&P Student Avatar exhibitions happening throughout the school holidays at Bendigo Library, Castlemaine Library, Eaglehawk Library, and Go Goldfields in Maryborough.

Photos from Passions & Pathways's post 14/09/2022

Photos from Passions & Pathways's post


Are you ready to inspire and develop your industry's next generation of workers?

Hosting a placement or work experience for students is one of the best ways you can begin training future leaders and employees for your workplace.

Contact Goldfields LLEN to see how your business can get involved.
[email protected] or call Emma Nielsen 0439 655 722.

Photos from Passions & Pathways's post 13/09/2022

Photos from Passions & Pathways's post


Hey Businesses! Local students are looking for placements now.

Students currently studying subjects related to the below industries are looking for hands-on experiences and opportunities in your workplace.
Allied Health
Early Childhood
Contact us to see how your business can get involved.
[email protected] or call Emma Nielsen 0439 655 722.


Are you studying VET or VCAL and need a work placement?

Goldfields LLEN is here to help!

Finding the right work experience or placement can be a challenge.

We have a team working with local industry and can help you find a placement to suit.

Contact us to see how we can help.
[email protected] or call Emma Nielsen 0439 655 722.

Visit the SWL Portal to see what opportunities are live now.


Exciting times at Highview College!

It’s great to see the team at Highview College in Maryborough preparing for the new VCE Vocational Major, developing connections and capacity to provide some awesome opportunities for student placements in industry.

If you are a business in Maryborough and would love to host a student, we would love to hear from you.

[email protected] or call Emma Nielsen 0439 655 722.


Emporium Creative Hub is hosting Conflux, 9th and 10th September.

The inaugural event will see leading artists and pratitioners exploring the role that creativity plays in driving innovation, and the opportuntities this present for prublic policy and private enterprise.

Make sure to get along and supprot our local creative industry!

View the program
Purchase tickets

Emporium Creative Hub City of Greater Bendigo Creative Victoria ACMI


In the past two weeks, 374 Grade 5/6 students in our region have gone on 60 separate careers excursions as part of our Passions & Pathways program. Over 30 businesses opened their doors to inspire students with tours, conversations and hands-on activities. During their excursions just some examples included students:

• Stepping into the driver’s seat of big machinery at Delecca’s
• Operating the Monash University Rural Health School’s state of the art medical mannequins
• Touring ‘behind the scenes’ at the Bendigo Art Gallery
• Experimenting with brick laying techniques with Lansell Homes
• Watching robots at Hofmann Engineering
• Learning how olive oil is produced at Bridgeward Grove Estate
• Splitting 200 million year old stone with Yarrabee and Castlemaine Stone
• Watching corn be turned into corn chips at Sonora Foods
• Exploring how bowls and cups are created at Bendigo Pottery
• Investigating germs under blue light with Maryborough District Health Services.

The result has been students excited about their futures. Students who can link what they’re learning at school with the real world to motivate them in their schooling. Recent research across OECD countries shows careers experiences in primary school lead to better adult outcomes (higher employment, wages, satisfaction). That’s what Passion & Pathways hopes for every young person in our region.

Department of Education & Training, Victoria Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions Victorian LLENs


Develop your next generation of employees and future leaders.

By hosting a placement or work experience student, you’re building great futures for young people in our region.

Contact Goldfields LLEN to see how your business can get involved.
[email protected] or call Emma Nielsen 0439 655 722.


Victory Christian College Careers Week was a huge success!

From Monday 15th to Friday 19th August, students were inspired by 29 speakers from a diverse range of industries, careers and pathways.

Get in touch with Goldfields LLEN to explore how we can develop opportunities and events to showcase your business in schools in our region.

[email protected] or call Emma Nielsen 0439 655 722.


Together, let’s shape the future, one Young Industry Ambassador at a time!

If you're looking for young and engaging speakers to inspire your students, increase student retention and help them to see their future opportunity in industry contact the Goldfields LLEN today.

Email [email protected] or call 5441 1444.

Are you a business that would like to learn more about YIAs?
You can

Photos from Passions & Pathways's post 17/08/2022

Photos from Passions & Pathways's post


When you host students on the SWL Portal through Goldfields LLEN, your organisation gains statewide exposure.

The Portal is a resource for all schools in our region to access work experience and work placement opportunities provided by you for our students.

Contact us to see how your business can get involved.
[email protected] or call Emma Nielsen 0439 655 722.


Would you love to work in the high performance automotive industry? Are you studying VET automotive or engineering?

We have the placement for you!

Advanced Engine Dynamics have just opened a placement opportunity!

Check it out here

Contact Goldfields LLEN to see how your business can get involved.
[email protected] or call Emma Nielsen 0439 655 722.


What do you get when employers across Bendigo open their doors for the day to over 250 students from year 5/6?

A super fun day and a bunch of students excited about their futures!

Today students learned about skills in engineering, science and technology, health, manufacturing, education, trade, retail, horticulture, construction, horticulture, and the Arts, and whilst it was wet outside, nothing dampened their enthusiasm for learning or asking great questions!

Huge thanks to everyone involved.

La Trobe Art Institute Bendigo Botanic Gardens Delecca's Hofmann Engineering Lansell Homes Bunnings Kangaroo Flat Bunnings Epsom Bendigo Pottery Monash University School of Rural Health Sonora Foods Discovery Centre Bendigo Jenny's ELC Bendigo Art Gallery Bridgeward Grove Olives and Art Farm Gate


Today P&P students at Campbells Creek Primary had the chance to visit:
Firebean Cafe
Pud For All Seasons
Youth Take Over
Museum Makers
Yarrabee and Castlemaine Stone

Students had a behind the scenes tour of how museum dinosaurs, birds and creatures are created, splitting stone, and talking live-to-air on the radio!

Thank you to everyone who made today possible and so generously gave time to talk to students about exciting work pathways and give hands-on experiences.


Business owners in our region have worked in partnership from the inception of Passions & Pathways.

Let's give a huge shoutout to over 30 local businesses who open their doors to hundreds of students for the Passions & Pathways Roadshow over the next two weeks.

Contact our team to find out more about the program. [email protected]

Lot 19 MAINfm Yarrabee & Castlemaine Stone Pud For all Seasons Youth Take Over Loddon Campaspe 's pies Central Goldfields Shire Council Punctum Inc. HALT Jenny's ELC Bendigo Bridgeward Grove Olives and Art Farm Gate Bunnings Warehouse Australia Bunnings Warehouse Australia Sonora Foods Hofmann Engineering Monash University School of Rural Health Bendigo Pottery Lansell Homes Delecca's La Trobe Art Institute Discovery Centre Bendigo Bendigo Botanic Gardens Bendigo Art Gallery Bunnings Kangaroo Flat

Timeline photos 09/08/2022

Timeline photos

⭐ Calling all of our amazing local teachers. ⭐

Our region is full of education programmers with real-world industry connections ready to support you in the classroom in 2023. But how can you even begin to discover everything on offer for your students?

Enter Bendigo Tech School Teacher Connect, the most relevant (and fun) teacher networking event of the year!

Teacher Connect is speed networking and tradeshow all rolled into one, crafted just for teachers. Come along and meet the teams from Bendigo Tech School, Bendigo Art Gallery, YO Bendigo, Bendigo Venues & Events, Discovery Centre Bendigo, Goldfields LLEN, Goldfields Libraries and more.

Linger for food and an informal chat as you start to shape your cultural, industry and education engagements for next year.

Thursday 1st of September, 5pm - 7pm, at the Bendigo Tech School.

The event is FREE and open to ALL teachers across the region, register now using the link below. 👇

Photos from Goldfields LLEN's post 08/07/2022

We’d like to thank Kim Saddlier from Kangaroo Flat Primary School and Julie Rudner from La Trobe University for being a part of our amazing 'Principal for a Day' program.

We loved hearing all their stories and memories from the day as they engaged with student leaders, classrooms and staff.

It's wonderful to hear that Kim and Julie had a fantastic time sharing their experiences of the education sector, with talks of future collaborative opportunities.

Photos from Goldfields LLEN's post 20/06/2022

Goldfields LLEN has different programs for young people to get involved in practical learning to forge career pathways.

From Structured Work Placement and Passions & Pathways to Youth Take Over, we open up an array of opportunities for young people through the support of the local community.

Goldfields LLEN creates partnerships between schools and businesses to empower the next generation to pursue successful career pathways.

Are you a local business or industry leader ready to support young people?

We’d love to get to know you.

(03) 5441 1444
[email protected]

Timeline photos 16/06/2022

We’re so excited to be welcoming aboard two new ‘Principal for a Day’ participants!

Next week, the principal of Kangaroo Flat Primary School, Kim Saddlier, is welcoming Julie Rudner, from La Trobe University for a day full of collaboration, networking and engagement with students and staff.

Two amazing leaders coming together in the Education sector to share their stories and experiences.

We’re super keen to see this collaboration take form, and can’t wait to hear all about what Julie and Kim get up to during the day.

Timeline photos 14/06/2022

Did you know that our Young Industry Ambassadors receive training in public speaking, leadership and engagement skills?

Not only are students being empowered, but our team of young YIAs as well.

We’re helping young people across an array of different industries feel supported and strongly connected into our team of YIAs. By doing so, we encourage their personal growth as young leaders.

Do you know a professional and inspiring young person who could pass on their skills to school-aged children?

➡️ Tag them in the comments!

Timeline photos 13/06/2022

One of the ways we inspire young people in schools about opportunities to flourish in the workspace is through our Young Industry Ambassador program.

Young Industry Ambassadors give young people aged 18-30 a platform to inspire school students about future industry opportunities by sharing their stories and pathways during and post-school.

YIA's present in front of classrooms and assemblies and even host experiences in their workplaces.

By opening up a space for young people to share their passions, a typical day at their workplace, what they enjoy about it and their lifestyle, we’re shaping a community of leaders that feel empowered in personal growth, mentoring, and networking.

Have you got someone in mind that would be perfect for this?

➡️ Tag them in this post!

Timeline photos 09/06/2022

At the Goldfields LLEN, we are on a mission to improve education and employment outcomes for young people in the City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander, and Central Goldfields shires, prioritising the vulnerable and at-risk. 🥰

As a registered charity, in partnership with government, education, industry and community, we empower young people to actively engage, transition and succeed in education and the world of work.

We might be new to Instagram, but we are not new to the sector! So please like and save this post to help us grow. 😁

Photos from Goldfields LLEN's post 09/06/2022

Women in Trades GovHub hoarding in Bendigo was launched today! 🥰

Partners inc. HALT, Women's Health Loddon Mallee, City of Greater Bendigo and more.

These initiatives are so important – changing the gender bias mindset.

Timeline photos 09/06/2022

The team is prepping for the program kick off back into schools across the region.

First stop: Teacher PD next week!

We are so excited! 🤩

Timeline photos 07/06/2022

The world of work is getting increasingly more competitive for young people to enter. 😯

We know that many young people have put in hard work, handing in their resumes and trying their best to score a job interview. Even though there are so many jobs out there for young people right now, it can be difficult to link employment opportunities and people in need.

That’s where Goldfields LLEN comes in.

It's time to break down the walls and challenges of finding employment to set young people on the pathway they want to pursue.

The Goldfields LLEN offers industry experience to build solid networks in the workforce. We create everything from hands-on placements and work experience to school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

In doing so, we remind young people that missing out on one job isn't what defines you. 👍

Goldfields LLEN builds the bridge between young people and the opportunities because everyone deserves a positive future.

Timeline photos 05/06/2022

The Youth are Taking Over! 😍

We’re celebrating the initiative shown by the young people involved in our Youth Take Over program.

The interns displayed their artworks and marketing campaign for Red Edge’s new wine Label at the Rood Henry’s Art Space in Heathcote. From the set design to the video projection, the crew did it all themselves.

It has been incredible to see the young people flourish under the guidance of Kira Hyde from The KH Studio.

Youth Take Over gives young people 17-25 the chance to upskill through facilitated work experience programs.

Goldfields LLEN is all about paving the way forward so young people can enter the labour market. The interns from the program are leaving with work-ready skills, references for their CV, and new professional networks.

Like and save this post to see more good news stories like this one! 👌

- Goldfields LLEN Team

Timeline photos 26/05/2022

How Exciting! 🤩

We’re at the Tomorrow Bound Careers Expo today!

Tomorrow Bound opens up opportunities for students to discover a range of education, employment, training and pathways.

We’re having a fantastic time meeting students and talking to them about their aspirations and careers they want to pursue. 👍

Photos from Goldfields LLEN's post 20/05/2022

What a fantastic night of hearing the amazing stories, memories and highlights from all our Principal for a Day participants on Tuesday evening. 👏

Our reflection dinner opened up a space filled with wonderful opportunities for industry and education system leaders to connect, share their experiences about the program and about their day-to-day roles within their workforce.

Through these connections, Goldfields LLEN aims to strengthen the relationship and understanding between schools and industry partners, with hopes for collaborations in the future.

Congratulations to everyone involved for making PFAD 2022 a success! 🙌

Photos from Goldfields LLEN's post 19/05/2022

A round of applause to this year’s PFAD Team! 👏

We are so excited to bring you highlights from our last round of the 2022 participants!

👉 We’d like to thank Andrew Schaeche at White Hills Primary School and Kira Hyde from The KH Studio. It was fantastic to hear your highlights of supporting students at the Fun Run event and engaging in classroom activities.

👉 What a pleasure it was partnering with Danielle Derkson, principal of Eaglehawk Secondary School and Sue Mills from the Fosterville Gold Mine. How wonderful it was listening to Sue speak to a group of female students from the STEAM program about her journey into a mostly male dominated industry.

👉 And finally a big thank you to Travis Eddy from Kennington Primary School and Sonia Di Mezza from the Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services. What an excellent day visiting all the special programs that are catered for the students.

Photos from Goldfields LLEN's post 17/05/2022

We’re super excited to hear from Kate Mannix about her Principal for a Day experience! 😄

Sharing the day with Simon Wood, the principal of Crusoe College, Kate was very impressed with the breadth of programs and opportunities open to the students and how passionate the staff are in being student-focused.

We’d like to say a BIG thank you to Simon for welcoming her on board and sharing his knowledge and experience in being a leader within the education industry.

PFAD opens up amazing opportunities for principals and industry leaders to connect locally and collaborate in the future.

Thank you both Kate and Simon for your support in this year’s program! 🙌

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