The Endeavour Foundation has become Australia's largest employer of people with an intellectual disability.

The not-for-profit group has just opened a food packaging plant in Brisbane's south-west.

Endeavour Foundation Wacol is fully accredited to pack gluten and allergen-free foods.

Queensland Governor Penny Wensley has officially opened the complex and says it will provide more than 200 people with the dignity of meaningful work.

"A job, as we all know, is far more than an economic experience," she said.

Endeavour CEO David Barbagallo says it is important the enterprise is commercially viable to enable workers to be paid as much as possible.

"It has to be sustainable because we're not just doing it for this week or next week, but for years to come," he said.

"These are what we call high touch jobs when you need a lot of human intervention into the process because quality and control is so vital to the job.

"Our employees particularly like that sort of work.

"You can get margins in it as well when you're providing allergen-free environments, so we've put a lot of thought and planning into occupying this niche.

"It's not inexpensive to get into so there is a bit of a barrier to competitors getting into it, so it's been carefully planned."

For Kane Wojicki it is a chance to do what many take for granted.

"Work hard to earn money so I can live on," he said.

"Everybody at Endeavour Wacol can get in and have the opportunity to learn new skills ... learn to pack other products, have a lot of fun and also have the enjoyment and participation of work here."

"I can meet new people and make new friends and also work hard and earn some money and live on.

"Some time I might get a house of my own and live by myself."

Endeavour now employs more than 1,800 people across a variety of businesses.

Mr Barbagallo says Endeavour would like to be in a position to offer more jobs for people with a disability.

"We know there is significant additional demand out there but we don't know how great that demand is," he said.

"Unfortunately the program is capped, but under the National Disability Insurance Scheme the caps will come off and the market will determine how many jobs and how many people can get jobs - but that's some way off."


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