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When Daniel Jordan first started at Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough he was a timid 18-year-old.
Ten years on Daniel is enjoying the many benefits of his supported employment including improved confidence, communication and social life.
“Working at Endeavour has made a big difference to my life. I am more confident now and can work and earn money – I feel part of the community,” he said.
Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough provides supported employment and specialised training to 49 people with a disability, providing them with them opportunity to actively participate in the community and lead an ordinary life.
Daniel has embraced Endeavour Foundation’s emphasis on training and personal development.
“I’ve learnt a lot so far – not just the work skills but things like communication, time management and team work.
“But it’s more the opportunity to have a job and earn money that I enjoy, rather than being stuck at home doing nothing.
“It’s nice to come to work with friends.”
Daniel is a very friendly and well-liked member of the team who works on a variety of tasks at Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough, including pencil pointing and bagging saw dust.
Today Daniel will celebrate his 10th anniversary with Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough, along with fellow supported employee Terrence Skennerton who is marking 20 years with Endeavour Foundation.
Terrence first started with Endeavour Foundation Industries Gladstone before transferring to Brisbane and then Maryborough, where he operates a lot of the machinery such as peg saws, pencil pointers, multi-rip saw and a horizontal band saw.
The happy-go-lucky 46-year-old said he enjoyed working with timber and that being supported to operate machinery had given him greater confidence.
Supported employees at Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough primarily work on timber projects such as cutting and painting stakes and pegs, or working with saw dust.
The service also sorts and packages industrial cleaning cloth and provides a confidential document destruction service.
The service is one of 26 Endeavour Foundation Industries throughout Queensland and Sydney, providing employment opportunities to more than 1,800 people with a disability.
Today’s celebrations will include a barbecue lunch, award presentations and celebratory cake.
The men’s milestone falls in the 60th anniversary year of Endeavour Foundation.
“Being our 60th year, there is so much to celebrate in 2011 and milestones like Terrence and Daniel’s make it all the more special,” Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough manager Scott Reed said.
“The achievements of supported employees like Daniel and Terrence is proof that with community and industry support Endeavour Foundation Industries successfully provides employment, training, personal development and social opportunities for people with a disability.
“It is important to support people with a disability to lead an ordinary life and be part of the community.”
To volunteer or enquire about Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough call the service on 4120 9944.
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