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.
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.
A short video documenting how Clann Credo, the Irish social finance group has invested in and supported two not-for-profit companies: Speedpak and Roscommon Home services. The video screened first at the Clann Credo conference held on the 13th September 2011.
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Speedpak CLG, trading as Speedpak Group, is a social enterprise providing work experience and training for people who are long term unemployed.
Our Speedpak Contract Services business specialises in providing customised contract packing and e-commerce fulfilment services to industry. Under our Shamrock Rosettes brand we manufacture a wide range of promotional products, including rosettes, sashes and badges. We are the largest manufacturer and distributor of these promotional products in the Republic of Ireland. The business operates an online shop and exports its products. We also supply embroidered sports clothing.
SELECTION PROCESS Strict COVID -19 protocols will be put in place for interviews to ensure the safely of all attendees. Those invited for interview will be provide with clear instructions in advance on the hygiene procedures in Speedpak . Masks and hand sanitisers will be available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
We are currently seeking applications for our Traineeship in Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Customer Service Logistics which will commence in January 2020.
This 30-week Traineeship – now in its third year – has resulted in excellent progression rates to full-time employment for participants.
The programme is free to attend. However, interest is high and places are limited.
The Traineeship features a valuable 12-week work placement with one of our local industry partners. Current Traineeship partners include Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Bewleys, Butler’s Chocolates, IKEA, Realtime Technologies and Speedpak Contract Services. Many of our past Trainees are now working full-time with these companies.
The Traineeship is run by Coláiste Dhúaligh CFE in association with Speedpak CLG and local industry partners. Training will be delivered primarily in the Speedpak Learning Centre at its premises in Clonshaugh Business & Technology Park.
Following training you will achieve Qualification/Certification/Licences in Health & Safety at Work, Occupational First Aid, Manual Handling, Forklift Operation, IT Skills, Databases & Stock Control Systems, Warehousing, Lean Manufacturing, Production Processes, Functional Maths and Customer Service Skills.
This is a perfect opportunity to make a good impression with a prestigious company and to fill a work-experience gap in a CV.
Contact us now at 01 867 1707 to arrange for a one-to-one meeting to discuss your particular needs and questions.
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