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Brad's licence to lift.

Nestled on a beautiful acreage in the tablelands, amongst dirt roads and roaming peacocks you will find Endeavour Foundation Mareeba social enterprise. It won’t take you long to find Brad, sitting proudly behind the wheel of a forklift.

Supported by his coworkers, family and friends, Brad is taking a pivotal step towards achieving a big goal – obtaining a forklift licence.

Brad's recent decision to go for his forklift driver's licence has him buzzing. Brad can see his future and is embracing new possibilities on the horizon. "I've been part of Endeavour Foundation for a while, I just wanted to go for it," Brad proudly said.

His goal isn't just to add a new skill to his list; it's about being there for his coworkers, stepping in when they need a helping hand. Brad is keen to be on site and be the forklift driver at the ready to do the heavy lifting in times of need. “I like to help the other guys, so if one of our usual forklift drivers got sick I could do it.”

Endeavour Foundation social enterprise has been part of the Mareeba community since 1983, providing meaningful employment for people with disability. Brad is one of many people supported at work who embodies a spirit of enthusiasm.

Production Manager, Sue Wood proudly describes Brad as a dependable go-to guy on the team. "Brad is an all-rounder who quickly adapts to new tasks. He’s my eyes and ears on the floor," Sue said. "You just ask Brad to do something, and he’ll pick it up straight away."

For Brad and the close-knit team in Mareeba, this is just the beginning. Brad is pathing the way for himself and other team members to new and exciting opportunities.

"Once Brad gets his forklift licence, we're hoping we will get the authority for Brad to use our vehicles as a learner driver. So that'll be exciting.” Sue said.

Brad is continuing to move forward with his goals. His next step is obtaining his driver’s licence with the support of Sue, his coworkers, friends and family.

Feeling inspired by Brad? Learn how you can reach your employment goals with supported employment.

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