Dublin, Tuesday March 27th 2018 – Third-year students, Anastasiia Shandra and Sean Mok, are the winners of the 2017/18 Trinity Employability Award — an initiative in partnership with Intel, which aims to prepare students for future employment by enhancing their “career readiness.”
In addition, a further 64 third-year students from Trinity College Dublin celebrated their successful completion of the Trinity Employability Award programme at a special showcase and ceremony in partnership with Intel.
Announcing the winners, Trinity Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, congratulated all of the students who participated in the programme. He said: “We are dedicated to preparing students for the ever-changing challenges of the 21st century workforce and the Trinity Employability Award has set out to do this. Through a combination of training and experience the Award helps students to build on their skills and knowledge to make them ready for the workplace after graduation, as well as helping them to better articulate their skills and personal attributes to employers. We are especially delighted to be doing this in conjunction with Intel Ireland, the first industry partner to support this initiative.”
Trinity joined forces with Intel in late 2016 to pioneer the Trinity Employability Award. The 66 undergraduate students that took part in the 2017/18 programme came from Trinity College Dublin’s Schools of Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Science and Statistics.
As part of the programme the students participated in a specialist curriculum that further developed their skills and graduate attributes to support their studies and future careers. They attended Intel-led workshops, used problem-solving methodologies and applied their learning to work-related situations. They also enhanced personal and professional development through 30 hours of extra-curricular activity, and learned how to critically reflect on their skills and articulate these to employers through a workshop led by the Careers Advisory Service with Student Learning Development.
On Monday night, the 10 shortlisted finalists each gave a brief presentation about their experience, and after much deliberation the judging panel selected their overall winners. All participants who successfully completed the Employability Award programme received a certificate of recognition, and the finalists also received Intel tablets. Additionally, the two overall winners received cash prizes of €2,000 from Intel.
Intel Ireland General Manager, Eamonn Sinnott, said: “I am delighted to be here this evening at the Science Gallery in Trinity, for the second year of the TCD employability Awards. These innovative awards are unique in that they bring industry and academia together, in enhancing students’ readiness for work, and we at Intel are proud to support.”
In addition, the achievements of seven postgraduate students, who completed the Intel Postgraduate Student Sponsorship Programme, were also celebrated. These students received a monetary grant, from Intel as well as ongoing support and an Intel mentor, providing the students with a unique, direct relationship to the world of work, to support their academic studies and allow them to experience practical learning aligned to the needs of industry.
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