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UP Education strengthens healthcare commitment with two new acquisitions

30 Nov 2023

UP Education has recently acquired two leading providers in Australian Higher Education and Vocational Training: Endeavour and Connect ‘n’ Grow.

This demonstrates the group’s dedication to making a positive impact on healthcare education and addressing critical workforce shortages across the sector.

Citing concerning statistics from Health Workforce Australia, which forecasts a shortage of over 100,000 nurses by 2025[1], UP Education is poised to contribute to meeting these challenges.

Mark Rushworth, UP Education Group CEO, expressed confidence in the organisation’s ability to rise to the occasion:

“We are well-positioned to enhance the already high-performing education offerings of Endeavour and Connect ‘n’ Grow. By leveraging our expertise in tertiary education across key industries, we can adapt our programmes and operations at pace to swiftly address urgent skills shortages across the health sector.”

“Since the pandemic, we have been actively developing practical solutions to strengthen healthcare education and training. This year, we have witnessed the fruition of our hard work, with Endeavour and Connect ‘n’ Grow being among the four healthcare providers cherry-picked from the Australian market that align with the needs of the modern-day learner.”

About Endeavour

Established over 45 years ago, Endeavour College of Natural Health stands as the largest private Higher Education provider of natural medicine courses in the Southern Hemisphere.

Education offering:

  • Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Chinese Medicine, and Acupuncture Therapies
  • Diploma of Health Science; Remedial Massage
  • Certificate IV in Massage Therapy

Endeavour operates campuses across Australia; including, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth.

About Connect ‘n’ Grow

Founded in 2012, Connect ‘n’ Grow delivers its foundation programmes to secondary students, with a focus on essential skills for learners to successfully staircase into higher education and the 21st-century healthcare workforce.

Education offering:

  • Certificate II in Health Support Services; Community Services
  • Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
  • Certificate III in Community Services

Special foundation and traineeship programmes:

  • Education2Employment
  • Wesley Mission Queensland
  • School-based traineeship
  • SELF

Connect ‘n’ Grow delivers VET programmes through a blended learning model at secondary schools and dedicated education hubs across Australia; including, Gold Coast, Windsor, Torres and Cape, Mount Isa, Cooktown, Mackay, and Gladstone.

[1] https://www.aph.gov.au/thecrisisinthecaringworkforce