The Trinity Employability Award is an initiative that seeks to recognise and further develop the skills and competencies that students need to enhance their employability. The initiative aims to engage employers and industry as partners in preparing students for the ever changing challenges of the 21st century workforce, and Intel Ireland is the first industry partner to support this initiative as part of a two-year feasibility study.
The initiative is open to Junior Sophister students in the Schools of Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Statistics. The outcome of the study will inform a College wide structure for the implementation of the Trinity Employability Awards for all undergraduate disciplines.
This new award is the result of a unique collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and Intel. It is open to Junior Sophister students from the Schools of Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Statistics. It provides an invaluable opportunity to increase your 'career readiness’ by helping you articulate the competencies achieved as part of your academic programme and equipping you with a set of specific employability skills to help you succeed in the workplace.
Combined with a focus on the Trinity Graduate Attributes, the award will give you the skills to help you secure a job in the engineering and technology sector. The series of workshops will give you the opportunity to use problem-solving methodologies and apply your learning to work-related situations. They will further enhance your personal and professional development through experiential learning, critical-thinking and help to ensure you develop the attributes you need to excel in your career.
All participants who successfully complete the full Employability Award programme will receive a certificate of recognition. Two overall winners will receive a cash prize of €2.5k and an Intel powered device.
The award is open to Junior Sophister students at Trinity in the following Schools:
Places on the award programme are limited to a maximum of 50 participants in 2016 / 2017
The award involves a number of elements. In order to achieve the award standard, you will need to participate in:
The required 30 hours of activity must fall under a category on this list. If you plan to engage in an extra-curricular activity that does not fit in the list below, please contact us at email@example.com and we will let you know if it can be considered.
Your 30 hours of extra-curricular activity can take place in:
All activities must be verifiable and supported by a reference.
This award seeks to recognise and further develop the skills and competencies that students need to enhance their employability. Employability is defined as:
“A set of achievements –skills, understandings and personal attributes- that make individuals more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy ” Yorke & Knight (2006)
“Employability is not just about getting a job. Conversely, just because a student is on a vocational course does not mean that somehow employability is automatic. Employability is about more than developing attributes, techniques or experience just to enable a student to get a job, or, to progress within a current career. It is about learning and the emphasis is less on ‘employ’ and more on ‘ability’. In essence, the emphasis is on developing critical, reflective abilities, with a view to empowering and enhancing the learner” Harvey (2003)
This award initiative aims to engage employers and industry as partners in preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century workforce.
As a participating student in this programme, you will have completed the following:
The aim of the award assessment is to enable you to reflect on, integrate, and articulate the learning you have achieved from participating in this programme. We also want to celebrate and share this learning with a broader audience in an accessible and creative way through showcasing your submissions at a celebratory prize-giving event which will take place on the evening of the 5th of April 2017.
The assessment has two components:
Here's a short podcast explaining the assessment criteria
All submissions will be showcased at the celebratory event on the 5th of April.
The programme will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.
Pass: The reflections (500 word reflection and separately a 250 word narrative to accompany photograph) show a real sense of the journey to and achievement of the narrator’s personal and professional learning and insights as a result of this programme. The reflections are analytical and integrative, connecting personal learning to employability and graduate attributes.
Fail: The reflection doesn’t move beyond basic description and there is little evidence of reflection on the learning from the programme.
When writing your narrative, consider some of the following:
To aid you in your reflection you might also consider some of these questions:
Closing date and showcase details
How to submit:
To enter your submission for the award, please send the following documents by email to Marielle at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 24th March:
Send the MSWord file by email, along with the original photo as a separate TIFF or Jpg file.
To apply for the award, send an email to email@example.com with the following details:
Applications are now closed for 2016/17.
We will get in touch with you by email to let you know the status of your application in the week following the closing date.
|Friday 21st October 5pm:||Deadline for expression of interest|
|Friday 28th October:||Receive notification of registration status|
|October 2016-March 2017:||Participate in 30 hours of extra-curricular activity|
|Week of 7th November
(Reading Week MT):
|Careers Advisory Service and Student Learning Development workshop|
|Week of 27th February
(Reading Week HT)
|Friday 24th March 5pm||Deadline for assessment submission|
|Wednesday, 5th April 2017:||Award showcase, assessment and prize giving event|
There may be minor adjustments to this timeline.
Trinity Employability Award - Information Session
Wednesday 12th October 2016 | 5.00 - 6.00pm | MacNeill Lecture Theatre 3
Speakers from the Careers Advisory Service and Intel will explain the Award structure, give a brief overview of content of the award workshops, and be on hand to answer any questions.
If you have any questions about the award you can send them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply as soon as possible.
For the purpose of the award, you will need to send us confirmation from your referee that you undertook the 30 hours of activity. If you are combining several activities to reach the 30 hours, you’ll need to submit a reference for each of these.
There’s no need for the person to comment on the work you did or how well they feel you did, we simply require confirmation that you did the hours. We will need this along with your referee’s name, job title, email address and phone number, as we’ll be calling some of them on a randomly selected basis.
How do I submit my reference(s)?
You can provide this confirmation of hours in one of two ways:
Who can give me a reference?
Your referee should be someone you were reporting to in your 30 hours’ activity e.g. your boss in a part time job or volunteering role.
References if your 30 hours were in a society:
References if your 30 hours were as a class representative: