Eagle hawk Primary School
Lightning Reef Primary School
Specimen Hill Primary School

During workplace and classroom visits, guest presenters and Young Industry Ambassadors share their stories and their knowledge about how to present ‘yourself in the real world’; OHS considerations and the many different jobs and pathways available in their industry or profession.

Applied learning projects are undertaken in a business over several weeks. Industries included are: Health Care, Design / Construction, Robotics, Emergency Services / Working together, Hospitality, Trades / DIY, Mapping & Technology, Animal Studies & Hospitality, Aged Care, Childcare, Design / Arts, Hair, Skin & Beauty, Science / Laboratory Skills, Waterway Health / Environmental Science, Fire Safety and Rescue.

The Project not only enables students’ learning through relevant, interesting and fun activities but also allows them to develop and increase meaningful partnerships with their school and local communities. They discover more about their preferred learning styles, interests and attributes.

Business & Industry

As a business, there is a lot to gain from being involved with Passions & Pathways. Along with the obvious good feeling of being part of a positive change in your local community, the program gives employees an opportunity to work on their presentation and communication skills and has the potential to help your business identify future workers. Currently, there are over fifty business across a range of employment sectors giving their time to these students – and we’re always looking for more!

Teachers work closely with each industry project leader to ensure the planned activities are appropriately matched to the capabilities of the student group and that each project involves lots of hands-on work for each student.

Industry Visits

Industry visits are a key element of the Passions and Pathways program.

The purpose of industry visits is to prepare students for the visits, teachers and students focussed on:

  • What do students already know?
  • Develop students’ abilities to use skills and knowledge to collect new knowledge.
  • Prepare students for their beliefs and values to be challenged about the world of work..

Workplace Projects

Over a three week period, students work in groups in the workplace to undertake a meaningful project or solve a problem. Mentors work with student groups to create a plan for each team based project. They identify individual strengths in the team to apply to the development of the project. The applied learning project is undertaken in collaboration with others in groups, demonstrating the art of effective communication between team members, industry mentor and workplace personnel.

Young Industry Ambassadors

The Goldfields LLEN Young Industry Ambassador (YIA) program gives young people aged 18 to 30 an opportunity to inspire school students in their area of work/study and give insight into future work opportunities in our region. Recruited from a wide range of workplaces and training institutions across local government areas, YIAs inspire students to reach their career goals and realise the value of remaining at school.

YIAs inspire primary and secondary school students by sharing their story; their personal and vocational interests, pathways during and post-school, a typical day in their workplace and what they enjoy about their work and lifestyle. They present in school classrooms, assemblies and can also host student groups in their workplace.

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Our Partners

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Regional Development Victoria
Victoria State Government
City of Greater Bendigo
Bendigo Manufacturing Group
Bendigo Health
La Trobe University
Monash University
Bendigo TAFE
Keech Australia
Hofmann Engineering
Victoria Police
Bunnings Warehouse
Waugh's Industrial Supplies
McCullochs Manufacturing
Bendigo Trade Training Centre
Universal Fencing
Bendigo Truss Plant
MSD Animal Health
Bendigo Bank
Bendigo Pottery
Coliban Water
Motherson Elastomers
Jools for Jim
The Meadow
Discovery Science and Technology Centre
Ai Group
Country Fire Authority
State Emergency Service
Stanford Marketing
Safety Systems
CEAV Training
Dennis Family Homes
ESE Consulting
Penno Drafting and Design
The Education State
Fortuna Villa
Cafe Essence
Angie Jackman Millinery
BB Truss & Timber
Helen Jessen Early Learning Centre
Bendigo Airport
Major’s Eaglehawk Sports Centre
Dave Young Builder Bendigo