Enhanced Skills Programme 2 [ESP2]

Enhanced Skills Programme 2 [ESP2]

An award-winning, industry-led programme tailored to meet the needs of jobseekers with a criminal conviction.


Do you need recent work experience to build up your CV?

Are you interested in a career in manufacturing, warehousing or e-commerce fulfilment?

Do you want a job so you can start living life on your terms?

If so, this opportunity could be for you!

A New Beginning

Start—or restart—your career in our 52-week, free-of-charge-to-you Enhanced Skills Programme 2.

This award-winning, industry-led programme has been adapted to meet the needs of jobseekers who have a criminal conviction.

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Jobs Market Advantage

Job-seekers are given the opportunity to get real commercial work experience, to upskill with industry-led training and to work in a team-based environment in Speedpak.

We also facilitate external work placements with our industry partners, all of whom are well-know companies. We use our strong relationships with these partners to promote diversity and equality in their workplaces.

This is an exciting and valuable opportunity to learn, to put your training into practice and to impress local employers.

Opportunity on Dublin’s Northside

The ESP2 Programme is run by Speedpak Group with the support of business, state and community partners.

Trainees will work and train on-site at our premises in Clonshaugh Business and Technology Park in Dublin 17.

Your work experience and training on the programme will provide you with:

  • an up-to-date Reference and CV
  • greater Confidence, Self-esteem and Job-Seeking Skills
  • qualifications in Health & Safety, Manual Handling and Occupational First Aid
  • a SafePass and Forklift Licence
  • skills in Information Technology, Stock Control, Warehousing and Manufacturing Processes.

You will be supported throughout the programme by a Job Coach, On-the-job Mentors and our Human Resources team.

We will use our Employability & Distance Travelled System [EDTS] to track your progress and to support you as you kickstart your career!

Enhanced Skills Programme Consumer Journey

Find Out More

For information on how to apply for the ESP2 Programme, please call us on 01 867 1707 [Option #3] and ask for Angela.

Click on the links below to download the above information in a printable format:

ESP2 Programme Information Sheet [PDF 457K]

Consumer Journey Detail [PDF 50K]

Take this opportunity
to make a fresh start,
to find a new career and
to begin living life on your terms!

Speedpak fulfilment for GIY’s “Grow It Forward” campaign Spring 2021

Speedpak fulfilment for GIY’s “Grow It Forward” campaign Spring 2021

GIY’s “Grow It Forward” campaign featured the fulfilment by Speedpak Contract Services of 50,000 seed packs.

GIY, like Speedpak Group, is a social enterprise. Its mission is to support people around the world to live happier, healthier and more sustainable lives by growing some of their own food.

The campaign was aimed at encouraging people to enjoy the benefits of growing vegetables at home and to then share their experience with ten other people.

Each growing pack included 5 different packets of seed, 10 tags and one brochure. Fulfilment of the Grow It Forward packs involved breaking bulk quantities of seed packs, tags, envelopes and brochures into smaller batches. Components were manually sorted, collated, bundled and banded.

Envelopes were addressed, packed by hand, sealed and dispatched to An Post for delivery to libraries, businesses and individual subscribers all over Ireland.

Speedpak Group was very happy to have this opportunity to work with another social enterprise.

Speedpak Group welcomes new staff member

Speedpak Group welcomes new staff member

We are delighted to announce that David Coffey has joined our core staff team as General Operative. He will be working across our two commercial businesses, Speedpak Contract Services & E-fulfilment and Shamrock Rosettes.

Patrick McCarthy and David Coffey
Speedpak Group Operations Manager Patrick Mc Carthy [Left] with David Coffey.

David was previously a Speedpak trainee on labour market programmes, TÚS and Community Employment. During that time he achieved 8 QQI Level 4 modules, including: Work Experience; Product Packaging & Assembly; Workplace Safety; Maths; Career Planning; IT Skills; Communications & Personal Effectiveness – achieving the equivalent of the Leaving Certificate on the National Framework of Qualifications, in Workplace Learning.

Dedicated, hardworking, reliable, personable and open to learning, he will be a great addition to the team.

This role is part funded by the Government of Ireland through the Community Services Programme.

The Future is Social: Press Release

The Future is Social: Press Release

Dublin’s fast-growing local social enterprise, Speedpak Group set to make a greater difference in Post-Covid-19 recovery

Rethink Ireland calls on public to #supportsocial 

40 Social Enterprise Development Fund Awardees providing vital services to over 266,000 people, supporting 500 people to obtain employment, and €22.2m turnover, according to report

Rethink Ireland CEO says social enterprises have the power to help reshape a fairer and more inclusive post-crisis Ireland

Social enterprises are businesses that work to improve people’s lives

Rethink Ireland is calling on the public to support their own local social enterprises by buying their products and using their services. This is part of an awareness campaign, ‘The Future is Social’ which will be rolled out over the coming months and aims to highlight the power of social enterprises to help strengthen communities nationwide, especially in the post-Covid-19 recovery.

Dublin-based social enterprise, Speedpak Group, which trades commercially to transform the lives of people who were previously long-term unemployed, is helping to raise awareness about social enterprises in Dublin. Speedpak Group are among 40 Awardees of the Social Enterprise Development Fund who, according to the ’Social Enterprise Development Fund report’ published today, together have provided vital services to over 266,000 people, supported 500 people to obtain employment (the majority of whom are from minority groups), generated €22.2m in turnover and mobilised almost 16,000 volunteers over the last three years.

Most communities around the country have several social enterprises which are businesses that work primarily to improve people’s lives and achieve a social, societal, or environmental impact. Social enterprises deliver a broad range of services in areas such as social housing, homecare, environmental services, health services, hospitality, catering and many more. Like other businesses, social enterprises trade in goods and services on an ongoing basis, the difference is they reinvest their profits into achieving their core social objectives. 

“Social enterprises are like the glue within a community. We’re bringing together the business community, the state, philanthropy and the wider community so that we can deliver innovative solutions and make a really big impact in people’s lives.”, says John Murphy CEO of Speedpak Group, which provides real work experience, accredited industry training and mentoring to people who are unemployed long-term. “I would encourage people to discover their own local social enterprises and see what they can offer”. 

“Social enterprise is at the heart of the inclusive economy we need to build in Ireland, creating sustainable jobs at the heart of local communities, while adding value and meeting local needs.”, says Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Rethink Ireland, “The published report proves that with funding and business supports social enterprises can grow and thrive. It is important that we support social enterprises to play the leadership role they are capable of in the Covid-19 recovery and green transition, so that it is a sustainable recovery that leaves no one behind.”

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphrey’s, TD, welcomes ‘The Future is Social’ campaign. “I am delighted to support Rethink Ireland’s campaign to raise awareness of social enterprise. One of the main objectives of the National Social Enterprise Policy is to build awareness of social enterprises as a dynamic and growing part of Irish social and economic life.”, says Minister Humphreys, “A new Awareness Strategy has been developed to highlight the critical role they play in responding to many of our current challenges, and to emphasise their potential to shape a more sustainable and inclusive future”.

George Jones, Chairman & Group Non-Executive Director of IPB Insurance, highlights the importance of support for social enterprises. “We are delighted to support Rethink Ireland and our Local Authority Members for the fourth year of the combined €3.2m Social Enterprise Development Fund.”, he says, “The impact achieved by the 40 awardees demonstrates the momentum for social enterprise at such a critical time for our society. This awareness campaign will further support Local Authority partnerships and Enterprise Offices to provide the right supports at the right time to social enterprises across all communities in Ireland.” 

‘The Future is Social’ campaign will be running over the next few months to help build awareness of the power of social enterprises and how they can help the post-Covid 19 social and economic recovery in a more inclusive way. People can get involved in the campaign by supporting social, buying social and even creating social enterprises themselves. ‘The Future is Social’ campaign will provide regional webinars, information and resources about social enterprises, what they can do, and how everyone can get involved. 

More information about social enterprises and ‘The Future is Social’ campaign can be found on Rethink Ireland’s website at www.rethinkireland.ie 

Speedpak Group – Continuing to Trade, Train and Transform

Speedpak Group – Continuing to Trade, Train and Transform


We are fortunate throughout lockdown that our Speedpak Contract Services division continues to be part of the national supply chain for medical devices and catering disposables. For these contracts, we break down bulk consignments of medical masks and latex gloves for warehousing, pick and pack and distribution while disposable catering products are re-packed for distribution and sale in wholesalers. To operate safely we have maintained a core staffing while the our training staff have been temporarily furloughed. 

We have also redeployed staff from our Shamrock Rosette business. Supplying mainly to public events, Shamrock Rosettes saw its business significantly reduced. Happily, we are seeing some ‘green shoots’ as events are being advertised for the second half of this year.

The pandemic resulted in us developing closer ties with customers, as we knuckled down together to respond and innovate. In one instance, collaboration afforded the opportunity to research. This has lead to us now onboarding a new inventory and shipping platform to streamline a new added value e-commerce fulfilment service to existing and new customers. Enterprise Ireland’s Lean Business Continuity Voucher was used to part fund the research and was very beneficial. 

Slowly but surely Social Enterprises are now able to access mainstream business supports which is critical for their development and sustainability. More needs to be done and thankfully Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI) is on the case and is advocating for the needs of the sector.

Training & Work Experience

Training is currently confined to Health & Safety in the Workplace to ensure that staff can work safely at a social distance. We are delighted to be able to offer Enhanced Skills Workplace Safety training funded through the generosity of the people of Ireland through the Community Foundation of Ireland Comic Relief Fund. This training and mentoring programme will be a fantastic addition to the CV’s of our training staff and improve their employability. As a consequence we also plan to develop online training infrastructure  to ensure that we have both the capability  to maintain training in challenging circumstances but also to promote greater IT skills amongst training staff.


The uncertainty surrounding the pandemic has been a strong reminder of the need for flexibility in business and the value of collaboration. The unemployment rate now stands at over 20% when the PUP payment is factored in and an incredible 45% for those aged 15-24 years. Unfortunately our community on Dublin’s Northside will be disproportionately affected and will have higher unemployment rates than the national average. 

So, there is much work to be done in supporting people return to work through work opportunities, confidence building and skills acquisition. We will also continue to target those most distant from the labour market and are looking forward to developing our Kickstart Employment Programme, funded through the Dormant Account fund/POBAL and in collaboration with The Irish Prison Service, The Probation Service and The Department of Justice. 

We are as relevant now as a solution to long-term unemployment as we were when first founded 25 years ago. We will continue to work hard with all our partners, Government, State agencies, Local Development, Business and Philanthropy to respond timely and effectively in our local community. We would like to acknowledge in particular the additional resources we received in recent times to help us continue deliver our social impact, in particular from Government and POBAL through the Stability Fund, Rethink Ireland through The Social Enterprise Development Fund and long term Corporate Social Responsibility supporters Allergan PLC.  

Over the past year, while challenging, we have responded positively and shown our agility and resilience and continued value. Our experience of operating during the pandemic coupled with our 25 year history has strengthened our skills, outlook and resolve to continue helping local unemployed people to transform their lives, and the welfare of their communities, for the better.