Increasing Employment through Work Integration Social Enterprise – DCU ‘Passion to Action’ podcast

Podcasted interview with Speedpak Chief Executive John P. Murphy as part of DCU’s ‘Passion to Action’ podcast series.

Part of DCU’s resource hub for social innovation and social entrepreneurship education, this project aims to “support educators in embedding social impact in their teaching, irrespective of discipline. In doing so, they can foster in their students the behaviour, skills, thinking and attitude in devising, testing and launching sustainable innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges.”

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.

First Aid Responder Training

First Aid Responder Training

Some of our training staff attending their certified PHECC First Aid Responder course with Avalon Training recently.  

This is one of the many industry-led training courses provided by Speedpak Group to participants on CE and TÚS labour market programmes. 

As newly-certified First-aid Responders, trainees gain valuable and confidence-boosting skills that can build and add value to their CVs.  

These skills are very useful in the workplace and in increasing participants’ attractiveness to future employers.  

Training staff being instructed in how to use a defibrillator as part of a PHECC First Aid Responder course in June 2021.
‘The Future Is Social’ – podcast interview with Speedpak Group Chief Executive John P. Murphy for Near FM

‘The Future Is Social’ – podcast interview with Speedpak Group Chief Executive John P. Murphy for Near FM

Monday 10th May 2021: Myra Gleeson of Coolock-based Near FM speaks with John P. Murphy, Chief Executive of Speedpak Group, who provides insight into how the organisation works locally to provide real commercial work and industry-led training opportunities for long-term unemployed people.

The interview provides a great overview into the workings of a modern social enterprise. It outlines how an organisation set up 25 years ago to address the significant local problem of long-term unemployment, has become a dynamic business successfully achieving a social mission. Collaboration with the local community, the State, philanthropic organisations, businesses community and its customers has been key to that success.

As part of Rethink Ireland‘s ‘Future Is Social’ campaign to raise awareness of social enterprises, John gives great examples of the impactful work of other local and national social enterprises.

Listen now to the podcast!

‘The Future Is Social’ – podcast interview with Speedpak Group Chief Executive John P. Murphy for Near FM

‘The Future Is Social’ – radio interview with Speedpak’s John P. Murphy and Eoghan Ryan of Rethink Ireland

In this interview, first broadcast on Tuesday 11th May 2021, Dublin City FM presenter Sam Assad speaks with John P. Murphy, Chief Executive of Speedpak Group and and Eoghan Ryan, Growth Fund Manager at Rethink Ireland about Rethink Ireland’s ‘Future is Social’ campaign and the role of social enterprises in a post-pandemic Ireland.

Listen to the interview now.

Speedpak Group Activity During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Speedpak Group Activity During the Covid-19 Pandemic

At Speedpak we are currently focussing on those parts of our commercial business that are deemed essential. We are proud to play a part in this national effort by helping to ensure working supply chains and distribution channels for disposable food trays and containers and for PPE equipment, with particular emphasis on the needs of the medical sector.

The safety of our staff and the wider community is paramount. As a consequence we are operating with reduced staff levels to ensure we can operate recommended social distancing in the workplace, while at the same time providing contract packing and fulfilment service to our customers.

We have facilitated home-working for those of our staff who undertake administration, finance, training and communications and we continue to provide support to our customers by email and telephone at 01 867 1707 and info@speedpak.ie.

We continue to work towards our strategic objectives to support our community by:

  • Maintaining regular contact and providing support to our 50 trainees on our labour market programmes, Community Employment & TÚS
  • Continuing to meet good governance requirements with Board and Sub Committee meetings being held remotely
  • Updating our partners – State, Corporate & Philanthropic Investors and Community on our activity and experience managing our way through this challenging period
  • Planning for post Covid-19. With unemployment set to reach 28% nationally, we’re planning on how we can provide over 100 work experience and training opportunities to people who have lost their jobs. We will offer industry led training and work experience to update their skills, maintain their confidence and self esteem and help them stay connected to the labour market until such time as more jobs are created in the economy.

It goes without saying that this is a difficult time for everyone. We greatly appreciate the hard work of our staff and the input from our customers, suppliers, neighbours, investors and industry partners.

We offer heartfelt thanks to all those people who are working so tirelessly in so many professions to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Stay safe and stay well!

Some of the 10 million face masks waiting to be dispatched from Speedpak.

We have put the following procedures in place:

  • We have published a comprehensive and regularly-updated employee communications policy to ensure reliable, up-to-date information is provided to employees and to clarify procedures and policies around mitigating the risks associated with Covid-19 in accordance with Irish government, HSE and WHO guidelines.
  • We have identified all common touch points and have implemented a set of procedures for thoroughly and regularly sanitising these points.
  • We have posted a set of highly visible, strategically-placed information panels in our warehouses and in bathrooms to inform of good hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
  • We provide a sufficient supply of hand sanitisers, sanitiser stations, gloves, masks, paper towels and disinfectant materials.