Endeavour graduates 64 local staff from home-grown college

Endeavour Foundation staff are set to become the best-trained in disability services, with 64 from Toowoomba and south-west Queensland graduating from the Endeavour Business College with nationally recognised qualifications.

Staff graduated with qualifications in management, business skills, training and assessment as well as disability service provision, their tailor-made courses developed specifically for the College in a partnership with the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE.

Staff celebrated their achievements at graduation ceremonies on Tuesday and Wednesday at St James Anglican Church Hall attended by Endeavour Foundation Deputy Chairman Shane Charles and General Manager, Human Resources & Organisational Development Ken Tapfield.

Special Events Manager, Col Clifford, the "horsepower" behind the Great Endeavour Rally, was amongst the first in Toowoomba to graduate.

For Col, who manages events like the Great Endeavour Rally and the 500 Summer Challenge team endurance relay race, honing his project management skills will have major benefit.

Development of team leadership and team effectiveness skills will support Col in organising and executing the unique and iconic events for which Endeavour is renowned. “I have a passion for offering entrants great events.

The course taught me skills that will improve my logistical planning – and for anyone who has been on the Rally or 500 Summer Challenge they will understand the importance of this!” said Col.

“All our events raise funds to help Endeavour support people with a disability, so it is important for us ensure the events are the best they can be.”

Col encouraged local runners to put his new skills to the test by signing up for the 500 Summer Challenge team endurance relay race.

“The Summer Challenge held over three days in November is a remarkable running relay and part of the national running calendar – a must-do event for serious runners,” Col said.

For Endeavour CEO, David Barbagallo providing the best services to people with a disability is a major focus of his leadership.

“To be able to provide the best outcomes for our clients, Endeavour must make sure our staff members are not just adequately qualified but the best trained and most skilled in the sector,” David said.

“The formal qualifications support up skilling in operations at all levels of the organisation.

“That over 300 staff from throughout Endeavour have successfully achieved formal qualifications since the College opened in January is illustrative of the determination and passion Endeavour has to grow, improve and to establish ourselves as trendsetters in the disability sector.”

Kirsty Brown, National Manager Operational Training is thrilled with the success of the first round of graduates.

“In the long-term more than 1000 Endeavour employees are expected to be up-skilled under the One Endeavour Development initiative, which was established with joint funding from the Federal and State Governments' Productivity Placements Program,” said Kirsty.

For more information about the upcoming 500 Summer Challenge visit http://summerchallenge.endeavour.com.au.


Vanessa Boman, Media and Communications Co-ordinator
Phone: (07) 3908 7254, 0423 842 327
Fax: (07) 3253 7271
Email: v.boman@endeavour.com.au