Community service organisations join forces

Jobseekers and employers in regional Queensland are set to benefit from an increased range of service offerings following an amalgamation between two local community service organisations.

TORGAS will join forces with leading national disability service provider Endeavour Foundation to create a broader platform for the provision of employment, apprenticeship and traineeship support.  

Endeavour Foundation Chief Executive Officer David Barbagallo said the amalgamation would support employment opportunities and expand the skillsets of people in regional Queensland.  

“Endeavour Foundation recognises the critical need to support employment opportunities including apprenticeships and traineeships for all people; particularly those in regional communities,” Mr Barbagallo said.

“We are very proud to welcome TORGAS to our Employment Services division and to expanding our Group Training services,” Mr Barbagallo said.

Endeavour Foundation Executive General Manager – Strategy and Growth David Curd said the organisations would together develop a state-wide service offering, and enjoy increased service synergies, resource efficiencies and an ability to compete in an increasingly tough economic environment.

“This exciting opportunity brings together two highly-respected, like-minded organisations leveraging on our respective strengths and shared values,” Mr Curd said.

“The extensive planning process has been positive and respectful, and has provided significant optimism regarding the future of the amalgamated organisations, which will continue to operate as Endeavour Foundation and TORGAS under a single governance and corporate platform.”

TORGAS Chief Executive Officer George Peever echoed the comments of Mr Barbagallo and Mr Curd.

“This amalgamation ensures that we can secure the long term sustainability of these services and puts us at the forefront in the delivery of comprehensive workforce solutions. Furthermore, it enables us to expand on our current range of apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications, as well as our geographical reach,” Mr Peever said.

“TORGAS eagerly anticipates the opportunity to expand services throughout the Endeavour Foundation footprint, whilst retraining our strong focus on supporting the host employers and young people in our existing regions”.

Since its inception in 1984, TORGAS has supported more than 6,000 apprentices and trainees to complete their qualifications. Currently, the organisation services the Townsville and Outer North Brisbane regions.

In 2014, Endeavour Foundation finalised amalgamations with diversified community service organisation Community Solutions and group training organisation Acclaim Apprentices and Trainees to ensure the delivery of a greater range of service options across Australia.

Together, TORGAS, Endeavour Foundation, Community Solutions and Acclaim will be a leading not-for-profit provider of a range of health and human services. ,

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