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Trinity Employability Award in partnership with Intel Ireland

Trinity Employability Award




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 is also open to postgraduate students on a selected number of full time postgraduate pathways (see below for details). The award provides an invaluable opportunity to increase your career readiness by helping you articulate the competencies achieved as part of your academic programme as well as through co and extra-curricular activity, 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 Trinity Employability Award programme will receive a certificate of recognition. The ten shortlisted candidates will receive an Intel powered device, and two overall winners will receive a €2000 cash prize.

  • Participate in a specialist curriculum which develops the skills and graduate attributes you need to succeed in your academic studies and your future career
  • Develop practical skills that translate to the workplace and make you more attractive to future employers
  • Learn to market and articulate your employability skills to potential employers during the job application and interview process
  • Reflect on your academic, extra-curricular and work-related activities and how they differentiate you in the graduate marketplace
  • Think, communicate, grow and lead in a unique programme setting
  • Understand the close alignment of academic and industry requirements in order to improve your employability and readiness for the working environment
  • Visit Intel, a world-class semiconductor manufacturing facility at Leixlip.

The award is open to Junior Sophister students at Trinity in the following Schools:

  • School of Engineering
  • School of Mathematics  
  • School of Physics
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Computer Science and Statistics

It is also open to full time students on the following taught and research Masters programmes:

  • Engineering MAI
  • Engineering (by module)
  • MSc Physics
  • MCS Master in Computer Science
  • MSc Computer Science – Data Science/Intelligent Systems/Future Networks/Graphics and Vision Technologies
  • MSc Statistics
  • MSc Chemistry

The award involves a number of elements. In order to achieve the award standard, you will need to participate in:

  • 30 hours of extra-curricular activities – see list of approved activities below
  • 1x3.5 hour “Make it Count” workshop delivered by the Trinity College Careers Advisory Service and Student Learning Development Unit
  • 1x5 hour workshop on Model Based Problem Solving, delivered by Intel
  • 1 of either 1x4 hour workshop on Design of Experiments or 1x4 hour workshop on LEAN Management, delivered by Intel.

Please note that attendance at Make it Count, Model Based Problem Solving and one of the two workshop options (Design of Experiments or LEAN) is compulsory. Any participants who miss one of the core workshops will not be able to proceed with the award programme.

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 and we will let you know if it can be considered. 

Your 30 hours of extra-curricular activity can take place in:

  • Student societies registered with Central Societies Committee
  • Trinity Sports clubs
  • Volunteering with a registered charity or as part of a Trinity initiative, e.g. S2S mentoring, VDP homework club
  • Student representation – SU, class representative
  • Enterprise e.g. business challenge, SMF, Launchbox, Launchpad
  • Social enterprise
  • Internships (not those undertaken as a course requirement)
  • Part time work

All activities must be verifiable and supported by a reference.

Each workshop is designed to enhance your skills and your employability. Please note that there will be some pre-work required for the Intel workshops in the format of journal article readings in relation to specific concepts. There will also be end-of-workshop assessments onsite at Intel at the end of each workshop.

Make it Count:  3.5 hour workshop @Trinity College Dublin, delivered by the Careers Advisory Service and Student Learning Development

  • Learn to differentiate between critical thinking and how it differs from descriptive thinking.
  • Learn to identify the different stages of critical thinking and evaluation using the Critical Thinking Model (University of Plymouth).
  • Learn how to reflect on, identify and articulate your skills and attributes, and apply critical thinking strategies to extra-curricular experiences, setting goals and reflecting on competencies and skills developed.
  • Become familiar with the core competencies employers look for when recruiting.
  • Learn how to outline your employability skills in written applications and at interview.

Model-Based Problem Solving (MBPS) – 5 hour workshop @ Intel

  • Learn to understand the business need for problem solvers because as technology becomes more complex, companies need increasingly skilled problem solvers.
  • Learn Problem Solving Tools and Problem Solving Processes.
  • Learn how to segment problems, ask the right questions, interpret the data and identify solutions using the Model Based Problem Solving Process.
  • Learn to practice problem statement writing, segmentation and model building on a live example.

LEAN – 4 hour workshop @ Intel

  • Learn to appreciate the importance of LEAN as a basic requirement in all industries.
  • Learn how LEAN methodologies help you to prioritise tasks correctly and reduce ‘unnecessary work’ so that you can work efficiently.
  • Learn the importance of LEAN in an industry environment whilst competing against the clock to build your own model-car using theoretical principles.

Design of Experiments (DOE) – 4 hour workshop @ Intel

  • Learn to understand the DOE systematic method to determine the relationship factors affecting the process and the output of the process.
  • Learn how DOE offers a structured statistical approach to help you understand the factors that affect a process and then create meaningful and effective tests.
  • Learn the importance of DOE in an industry environment to explain the variation of information under conditions that are hypothesized to reflect the variation which can verify possible improvement of ideas, theories or problem solutions.



The aim of the 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 in HT 2018.

This assessment requires the following components to be submitted: 

  • A 500-word reflection, which integrates and articulates the learning you have achieved from across this programme.
  • A photograph of an image that represents your achievement of a single graduate attribute as a result of this programme. This should be accompanied by a title.
  • A 90 second video where you verbally communicate the relevance of your chosen image and title.

A panel of Trinity and Intel staff will assess your work. Your photographs will be displayed at the celebratory showcase.

Competition shortlisting: An expert panel of both Intel and Trinity members will assess all submissions.  The panel will agree a shortlist, which be announced on the evening of the prize giving. Those shortlisted will be asked to present their image to the audience gathered and will field questions from the panel members.  The panel will then retire to agree the two award recipients.


Pass: The 500 word reflection, photograph and accompanying 90 second video show a real sense of the journey to and achievement of your personal and professional learning and insights as a result of this programme.  It is analytical and integrative, connecting personal learning to employability and Trinity Graduate Attributes

Fail: The 500 word reflection, photograph and accompanying 90 second video rarely move beyond basic description and there is little evidence of reflection on the learning from the programme. 

Guidelines for submissions

500-word reflection

Write a 500-word narrative reflecting on your experience of this programme explaining how you feel you have enhanced your employability and developed one or more of the Trinity Graduate Attributes. How has the programme informed your beliefs and practices about employability? How has it influenced your future role, as someone transitioning into employment? The focus should be on your development, not on achieving perfection. You can draw on your experience at the Trinity and Intel workshops, as well as on your extra-curricular activity. Submit this as a MS Word document, and include your full name in the document title.


Take a photograph of an image that represents your achievement of a single Trinity Graduate Attribute.  Use a phone or a camera – you won’t be judged on the quality of the photograph but it will be enlarged for the showcase so it should be at least 6 mega pixels in size.  Please note that you are not allowed to take photographs in Intel or to use images taken/created by someone else. Give the photograph a title. Submit your photograph as a standalone attachment, and also submit it embedded into a Word document. Include your full name in the title of both the photograph and the document with the photograph embedded.

90 second video

Create a 90 second video using a phone or camera that tells the story of your chosen image. We won’t be judging the quality of the video as long as we can hear and see you. Make sure your pitch is aimed at a wide audience. It should be clear and compelling, sparking interest in the listener. Remember, it must be no longer than 90 seconds! Don’t feel limited to the following questions but here are some ideas to consider when composing your pitch:

  • Why did you choose the image?
  • What do you see in it?
  • How have you achieved this Trinity Graduate Attribute?
  • Why is it important and what does it mean to you?
  • How does this image represent or synthesise your learning from the programme?
  • What does it say about you and your learning?

Include your full name in the video file’s title when submitting.


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.

What’s required?

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:

  • Ask the referee to send an email confirming those hours, along with their contact number and their job title/role to by the closing date of 14th March, 2018. Ask your referee to copy you by email on the reference so you know it has been submitted.
  • Send a reference written on the organisation’s headed paper as an attachment to , or drop a hard copy on headed paper into the Careers Advisory Service, by the closing date of 14th March, 2018.

Who can give me a reference?

Your referee should be someone you were reporting to in your 30 hours of activity e.g. your boss in a part time job or volunteering role.

References if your 30 hours were in a Trinity society:

  • If you are not the society chair, the society chair can be your referee.
  • If you are the society chair, Emma Matthews in the CSC can provide sign off, you can email her at

References if your 30 hours were as a class representative:

  • We suggest that you ask the EMS convener, or the TCDSU Education Officer, to sign off on these hours.



To apply for the award, fill in the application at

You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your student number
  • Your course title
  • Your mobile phone number
  • Your workshop preference, either LEAN or Design of Experiments. While we will endeavour to allocate you to your preferred optional workshop, we may have to place you in the alternative workshop depending on space available (maximum of 50 places available in each workshop).
  • A statement of up to 150 words on what you hope to achieve by participating in the Trinity Employability Award in partnership with Intel.

Please note that applications that do not contain all the required information will not be considered.

The closing date to apply is 5:00pm on Wednesday 18th October. Places on the award are limited, if more people apply than can be accommodated we will allocate places after the closing date to achieve a subject and gender balance, where possible.


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.

Wednesday, 11th October 2017 | 5.00 - 6.00pm Information Session, Joly Theatre
Wednesday, 18th October | 5.00pm: Deadline for application
Friday 27th October 2017:   Receive notification of registration status
October 2017 - February 2018: Participate in 30 hours of extra-curricular activity
6th November 2017
(Reading Week MT):     
9.30am - 1.00pm "Make it Count" Careers Advisory Service and Student Learning Development workshop @ TCD
7th November 2017 9.00am - 5.00pm "Model Based Problem Solving Workshop" @ Intel
Monday, 26th February 2018 Intel workshops - LEAN or Design of Experiments
5pm, 14th March, 2018 Deadline for assessment submission
26th March, 2018 Award showcase, assessment and prize giving event.

There may be minor adjustments to this timeline.

Trinity Employability Award - Information Session

See slides from this year's information session here.

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, and one of last year’s winners will also be there to talk about his experience on the award.

If you have any questions about the award you can send them by email to and we will reply as soon as possible.



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