Training & Development Officer/Community Employment (CE) Supervisor 

Training & Development Officer/Community Employment (CE) Supervisor 

Contract Type: Full Time 

Salary: 4 Point Scale starting at €33,259 

Location: Dublin 17

A fantastic opportunity for a skilled person with relevant experience to be part of a unique, innovative social enterprise making a real difference to people’s lives.

About Speedpak Group 

We trade commercially to transform the lives of previously long-term unemployed people through commercial work experience and industry-led training. This has resulted in better employment outcomes, resilience in the job market and financial independence for the 1,400 people we have employed and trained since our foundation. 

We have two successful businesses: Speedpak Contract Services (providing contract packing, e-commerce fulfilment, manufacturing support and logistics services) and Shamrock Rosettes (creating and supplying custom prizes, accessories and customised sportswear for the equestrian and agricultural show sectors).

We operate to ‘a double bottom line’, balancing the need for commercial profitability alongside the needs of our long-term unemployed trainees. This is what makes us unique. It reflects our values as a business with a social purpose to end long-term unemployment for people living in our community.

The Role 

A hands-on role which offers variety and responsibility. Reporting to the HR Manager, the role expands across Production and HR operations.  You will support the supervision of a team of over 40  general operatives to achieve a high level of performance and development of a set of skills that have a strong focus on employability and progression to employment.  

The CE Programme (funded by the Department of Social Protection) is integrated into our social enterprise to provide quality work experience and training opportunities to long-term unemployed people. 

Key Role Tasks:

  • Compliance of the CE Programme as it operates across the various functions within Speedpak.
  • Recruitment and induction of trainees.
  • Supporting trainees to achieve work and training targets.
  • Planning and implementing workplace learning to enhance skills and employability.  
  • Career planning and job-seeking skills for trainees.
  • Capturing workplace learning.
  • Updating and maintaining HR databases.
  • Supporting workplace Health and Safety compliance including fire inspection, safety equipment and manual handling.
  • Providing reports and updates to the Leadership Team, Governance sub-Committee and Board.

The Ideal Candidate will have the following experience and skills:

  • 3 years minimum in a Learning/Development role at Management, Supervisory or Team Leader level in a Retail, Manufacturing or Education Environment or Community setting.
  • Supporting a safe & healthy work environment in both facilities and work practices. 
  • Sourcing and Evaluation of training. 
  • Recruitment and Selection.
  • Managing budgets.
  • Report writing.
  • IT skills.
  • Empathy for vulnerable individuals and jobseekers.

Education and Training requirements:

  • Minimum of 3rd Level qualification (NFQ Major award at level 6 or higher) relevant to the role. 
  • Evidence of ongoing training and upskilling. 

What we are offering:

An opportunity to work in an award-winning social enterprise to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

  • A salary package starting at Point 1 of the Department of Social Protection’s 4 point supervisory scale.

(€33,295 increasing to €40,170 at Point 4).

  • 20 days annual leave plus up to 2 additional company days for Christmas closing.
  • Paid sick leave.
  • Additional Benefits. 

To Apply 

Please email careers@speedpakgroup.com with your CV and a one-page cover letter explaining your fit with the criteria outlined above by the closing date, Friday 27 May 2022.  

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.  First round interviews will be held the week of 6 June.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact us on 01 867 1707. We are happy to take your call.

Free Promotional Opportunity for Social Enterprises Selling Goods and Services

Free Promotional Opportunity for Social Enterprises Selling Goods and Services


Speedpak Group is seeking to make contact with other Work Integration Social Enterprises [WISEs] who wish to be featured in a new online directory to be launched in May 2022.

“Work Integration Social Enterprises exist mainly to improve the employability and employment prospects of people furthest from the labour market.” (O’Hara & O’Shaughnessy, 2021).

We are undertaking this project to raise awareness of WISEs, particularly among the business community. Our goal is to increase commercial, procurement and philanthropic opportunities for social enterprises.

The first stage in this two-part project is to identify WISEs and feature them in the directory at www.wiseireland.ie. Inclusion is free of charge.

The second stage of the project will centre on promoting the directory to businesses. This will include making direct contact with large local businesses to highlight how they can create positive social impact by collaborating with WISEs.

We will also demonstrate how, by partnering on commercial or social projects with WISEs, those businesses can achieve their Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] and realise their Corporate Social Responsibility [CSR] ambitions.


The project is part of the Government’s 2022 Awareness Raising Initiatives for Social Enterprises [ARISE] programme, approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

Please get in contact with us at info@wiseireland.ie (ideally in early May) so that we can include your organisation’s details in the directory …and together we can raise the profile of our sector and provide greater supports for people who are long-term unemployed.

Further details are available on the WISE project landing page at www.speedpakgroup.com/wise

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

Dear Customer, Investor, Supporter,

With your support we have, since our foundation, now employed and trained over 1400 long-term unemployed people from Dublin’s Northside.

In 2021

  • we employed 40 long-term unemployed people in our social enterprise business
  • we delivered 2000+ training hours across 13 training programmes
  • we provided 200+ one-to-one support meetings

Thank you!

We Wish You a Safe and Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year!

The Speedpak Team

Christmas Closing Times

Our offices will close for Christmas on Thursday 23rd December at 12:00 (midday) and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January at 8:30 am.

The 7 Pillars of the European Social Economy Action Plan

The 7 Pillars of the European Social Economy Action Plan

European Action plan for the Social Economy – The Seven Pillars

The following seven pillars for a European Action Plan for the Social Economy have been proposed by Social Economy Europe.

Pillar 1: Establish a common understanding of social economy enterprises and organisations in Europe.

Pillar 2: Improve the visibility of social economy enterprises and organisations and of their values and characteristics.

Pillar 3: Measure and further document the weight of the social economy and its effective contribution to the socio-economic development of the European Union.

Pillar 4: Provide a conducive ecosystem for the growth of social economy enterprises and organisations, supporting them to access to finance and to scale up, and by establishing the necessary legal framework, allowing them to fully operate trans-nationally in the single market.

Pillar 5: Further integrate the social economy in EU funds and programmes such as the ERDF, ESP Plus and the cohesion funds.

Pillar 6: Foster the role of the social economy in the external action of the European Union.

Pillar 7: Consolidate and strengthen a permanent and structured dialogue between EU institutions and the social economy.

The European Action Plan for the Social Economy is due to be launched on Wednesday 8th December 2021.

European Action Plan for the Social Economy

European Action Plan for the Social Economy

The European Commission will launch the European Action Plan for the Social Economy on Wednesday 8th December 2021.

The objectives of the action plan are:

  1. To recognise the social economy as a transversal actor in the main socio-economic policies of the European Union.
  2. To promote the convergence and coordination of the different public authorities involved in the promotion of the social economy by defining strategic objectives and benchmarks at EU level.
  3. To foster a conducive ecosystem for the growth of the social economy, improving its contribution to key EU objectives and allowing social economy enterprises to take full advantage of the single market, EU funds and financial instruments.

This follows a 2018 proposal by Social Enterprise Europe (SEE) for a European public policy covering the whole social economy. Other recent actions at EU level have included the launch in 2011 of the Social Business Initiative (SBI), and the 2016 Start-up and Scale-up initiative. Crucially, it follows the growing activity in the sector and awareness of its positive contribution to society.

SEE highlights the need for an Action Plan to:

  • Boost the visibility of social economy enterprises and organisations
  • Support them to generate social and technological innovations
  • Improve their access to finance and EU funding
  • Remove the legal obstacles impeding their ability to grow and operate in the Single Market on an equal footing with other types of companies
  • Inspire public authorities from the EU and its neighbouring countries to promote the growth of the social economy as a driver of economic and social progress for all

It calls the Action Plan a “key tool to systematically incorporate the social economy into the different socio-economic policies of the European Union, as well as into its actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”.