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Jobseekers and employers across southeast Melbourne, regional Victoria and North Adelaide will benefit from an increased range of services following the amalgamation of two community service organisations.
SkillsPlus and BRACE have joined forces with Endeavour Foundation, to become a leading provider of employment, education and training in Victoria.
Endeavour Foundation acting Chief Executive Andrew Donne said the organisations would together develop a unique range of services, and through improved synergies and resource sharing, would have a greater ability to compete in an increasingly tough economic climate.
“We are stronger together and the combination of our services is a great fit. As both employers and job services providers, we have a lot to offer people. As trainers and educators, we can assist people to get the qualifications they seek,” Mr Donne said.
“Endeavour Foundation recognises the critical need to provide employment opportunities for all people; particularly those people who are vulnerable and in regional communities,” he said.
"This exciting opportunity brings together two highly-respected, like-minded organisations’ shared values and unique strengths," Mr Donne said.
"The extensive planning process has provided significant optimism regarding the future of the amalgamated organisations, which will continue to operate as Endeavour Foundation and SkillsPlus/BRACE under a single governance and corporate platform."
SkillsPlus/BRACE Chief Executive Officer Sue Cattermole said the amalgamation would help to expand services, particularly in regional communities.
"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. We also hope to expand our range of services," Ms Cattermole said.
SkillsPlus/BRACE delivers a range of training, education, disability and youth programs to more than 10,000 people per annum from locations including Frankston, Cheltenham, Springvale and Dandenong in Melbourne, Hastings, Mornington and Rosebud on the Peninsula, Ararat and Ballarat in Regional Victoria and North Adelaide.
SkillsPlus and BRACE specialise in the delivery of employment services including jobactive and Disability Employment Services.
Endeavour Foundation employs more than 260 people with a disability in Melbourne, Bendigo and Wangaratta. The organisation also provides accommodation, respite, lifestyle services, community access and education for people with a disability in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.
For further information contact:
Jane Kenrick, Media Officer, Endeavour Foundation
P: (03) 9851 9750
M: 0417 912 644
Kirrily Boulton, Media & Communications Manager, Endeavour Foundation
P: 07 3908 7138
M: 0429 077 886