Graduation joy for Wacol employees

31 October 2013

 

Twenty-six supported employees have completed a Certificate II in Workplace Practice, marked by a ceremony at Endeavour Foundation’s food packaging facility in Wacol.

Commercial Manager of Endeavour Foundation Wacol David Heathcote said the success of this major achievement by so many supported employees was fantastic and would provide an incredible boost to both their confidence and ability to progress their careers.

“The students have worked very hard throughout the program and their certificates are testimony to that,” he said. “The certificate presentations were an opportunity to celebrate their achievements.”

Through training and development, supported employment can be an essential stepping stone into other paid work for people with a disability.

“Those who have completed the certificate have the industry skills to respond to the demands of the workplace.” Mr Heathcote said. “They have developed a set of personal attributes and skills that will prepare them for career progression, assist them with planning their future, and allow for further learning.”

Supported employees completed competencies in employability skills including communication, health and safety, career planning and further learning, and structured workplace participation.

Endeavour Foundation chose its Wacol and Redcliffe sites as pilot sites to undertake the nationally accredited course. Over a 12-month period, thirty supported employees from these sites undertook competencies to complete the certificate.

The twenty-six supported employees who have successfully completed the course will receive a Certificate of Attainment, while four supported employees will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Endeavour Foundation is Australia’s largest employer of people with a disability; our Wacol and Redcliffe facilities employ 221 people with a disability and 61 people with a disability respectively. Along with meaningful employment, we provide employees with support, employment skills training and opportunities for career development.