About Passions & Pathways

Passions & Pathways is a dynamic partnership between the Goldfield LLEN, cross-sectoral primary schools, local government and businesses. This program gives Year 6 students a taste of the ‘world of work’ by engaging with local businesses in their workplace. Currently, the program operates across the City of Greater Bendigo and the Shires of Central Goldfields and Mount Alexander. These authentic experiences aim to lift student aspirations and make clear the link between their education and career pathways, and reinforce the importance of completing their school education.

Passions & Pathways Steering Committee

Goldfields LLEN

Ms Lena Mitchell, Passions & Pathways Manager (Chair)

Mr David Burton, Executive Officer

Regional Development Victoria 

Mr David Tripp, Manager Economic Development, Southern-Loddon Mallee, Regional Development Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Local Government 

Ms Alison McKenzie, Manager, Regional Sustainable Development, City of Greater Bendigo, expanded in 2020 with;

Ms Lisa Knight, Director, Corporate and Community Services, Mount Alexander Shire and Central Goldfields Shire in the future


Ms Sally Thomson, Co-Owner, Bendigo Pottery

Mr Glen Morrison, Director Asia Pacific & Southern Africa, MSD Australia

Ms Carolyn Stanford, Managing Director, Stanford Marketing

Dr. Herbert Hermens, Consultant, Tezamen Pty Ltd


Ms Fiona Lindsay, Principal, Eaglehawk Primary School

Ms Julie Hommelhoff, Principal, Lightning Reef Primary School

Ms Wendy Jackson, Principal, Specimen Hill Primary School

Ms Jennifer Roberts, Co-Principal, St. Peter’s Primary School

Ms Kate Ballantyne, Principal, Heathcote Primary School

Ms Rosie Critchley, Principal, Campbells Creek Primary School

Ms Wendy O’Connor, Youth Pathways & Transitions Manager North-Western Victorian Region, DET

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

2019 Expo

2018 Expo

Presentation Video