About Passions & Pathways

Passions & Pathways, Primary Schools & Workplaces in Partnership was conceived and nurtured in Bendigo. It has been enriching the lives of Year 6 students since 2012. This dynamic partnership between the lead partner Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network (GLLEN), cross-sectoral primary schools, local governments and businesses gives students a taste of the ‘world of work’ and fosters an appetite to succeed.

Primary school students, from low socio-economic areas experiencing intergenerational disadvantage, engage with over 60 local businesses and their employees in their workplaces. These authentic experiences lift student aspirations and reinforce the value of completing their education.

An independent Steering Committee oversees the program. Current members are:

Sally Thomson Director, Bendigo Pottery

Glenn Morrison Director, Asia Pacific & Southern Africa, MMD Animal Health

Carolyn Stanford Managing Director, Stanford Marketing

Fiona Lindsay Principal, Eaglehawk Primary School

Wendy Jackson Principal, Specimen Hill Primary School

Julie Hommelhoff Principal, Lightning Reef Primary School

Reuben Johnson Principal, St Monica’s Primary School

David Tripp Manager Economic Development, Southern – Loddon Mallee, Regional Development Victoria

Martin Collins Youth Pathways and Transition Manager, North-Western Victoria Region, Department of Education and Training

Trevor Budge Manager Regional Sustainable Development, City of Greater Bendigo

Dzintra Martin Passions & Pathways Partnership Manager

Anne Brosnan Executive Officer, GLLEN

Passions & Pathways Components

Work safety preparation

Experience La Trobe University and the Trade Training Centre, Park Rd 

Classroom visits by Young Industry Ambassadors

Workplace Tours

Workplace Projects 

Student Expo


  • Raising student aspirations to value learning, training and employment
  • Understanding education as an essential element in life
  • Providing authentic experiences in local workplaces to develop future pathways


  • Meeting school-based curriculum learning outcomes
  • Developing students’ understanding of the ‘world of work’
  • Connecting the dots between school and real life
  • Opening students’ eyes to the endless job and career possibilities in their local area
  • Building relationships and connections between employers and their future employees

2018 Expo

Presentation Video