Passions and Pathways is a unique program – conceived and nurtured in Bendigo – that has been changing the lives of Year 6 students since 2012. This dynamic partnership between schools, business and industry gives students a taste of “the ‘worlds of work” and an appetite to succeed.
Upper primary school students from low socio-economic areas engage with local businesses and their employees in the workplace. These authentic experiences lift student aspirations and reveal the value of completing their education.
Passions and Pathways is a project of the Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network (GLLEN) and was sparked by a conversation between educators and local businesses. “Gobsmacked” by the impact of generational poverty and unemployment on local students, Herbert Hermens, CEO of manufacturer Keech Australia, took the challenge to other local business leaders and championed the fledgling project.
From an idea in 2010, planning for launch and commencement in 2012, Passions and Pathways has seen five years of successfully forging links between young people and their future employers. More than forty organisations and four primary schools are now collaborating in the project, supported by funding from Regional Development Victoria.
Schools and businesses interested in participating in Passions and Pathways for 2017 and beyond can enquire via the contact form here.