On Friday, 28th October, 2016, Trinity College Dublin, in partnership with Intel, launched a new Trinity Employability Award that aims to increase students’ ‘career readiness’ for future employment.
Announcing the initiative at a special event at Trinity College Dublin, Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Professor Chris Morash said, “The first of its kind in Ireland, the Trinity Employability Award will develop skills and competencies that students need to enhance their employability. It will engage employers and industry in preparing students for the ever changing challenges of the 21st century workforce. We are especially delighted to be doing this in conjunction with Intel Ireland, the first industry partner to support this initiative as part of a two-year feasibility study.”
The students will participate in a specialist curriculum that will further develop skills and graduate attributes to succeed in their academic studies and future career. The award will give them skills to help secure jobs in the engineering and technology sector.
They will attend workshops using problem-solving methodologies and apply learning to work-related situations. They will further enhance personal and professional development through experiential learning and critical-thinking. Intel will lead on the workshops on relevant areas such as model-based problem solving and statistics.
In its first phase the programme will be open to third year students in the Schools of Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Statistics. It will be eventually rolled out College wide for all students in all subjects.
All participants who successfully complete the full Employability Award programme will receive a certificate of recognition.
The Intel Postgraduate Student Sponsorship Programme was also announced and its first recipients awarded. The sponsorship programme will see 15 Trinity College Dublin students selected each year receive a monetary grant as well as ongoing support and mentoring provided by Intel. The eligible students are those beginning full time postgraduate programmes in 2016 in Science and Engineering related disciplines.
The programme provides each participant with €3,000 to support their academic studies and also ensures that students have the opportunity to experience practical learning which is aligned to the needs of industry. The provision of employee mentors by Intel provides students with a direct relationship to the world of work.
“It is bright, creative and curious minds that will be responsible for the innovations of tomorrow and the technologies and discoveries that we have yet to imagine”, said Eamonn Sinnott as he presented the first ever recipients with their Intel postgraduate sponsorship awards.
Trinity and Intel Memorandum of Understanding
The Memorandum of Understanding between TCD and Intel was signed in September 2015 in order to further connect the two organisations and to help fuel the innovation economy here in Ireland. The partnership, which is the culmination of a longstanding relationship between TCD and Intel, focuses on three areas: talent, research, and national policy associated with research and education.
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