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Trinity Employability Award - Social Action (Migration) Pathway

This Award Pathway is run in collaboration with our partner employers, the Irish Refugee Council and IOM - The UN Migration Agency, who are enacting meaningful change in the field of migration. Both organisations will host interactive workshops in Level 1 which will be an opportunity to get a first hand insight into the ethos, workplace culture, and meaningful work undertaken by these organisations. At Level 3 they will host a challenge which will give the winning student the opportunity to work with them as an intern.

Eligibility requirements

The Trinity Employability Award - Social Action Pathway is open to students in the JS and SS year of their programme in all disciplines in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, not including the School of Business. Students who are studying Sociology or Political Science as part of a single or joint major within BESS are also eligible to apply for the Social Action Pathway.

Students on most programmes in the School of Business are instead invited to apply for the Professional Services Pathway which will open in Semester 2 (2022).

Level 1: Award Partner workshops

Students on this Pathway will attend two Award partner workshops, one with IOM - The UN Migration Agency and another with the Irish refugee Council.

IOM - The UN Migration Agency

Migrant Protection and Assistance
Thursday, 28th October 2021, 9.30AM to 12.30PM (Regent House, Trinity campus)

Migration is one of the global challenges of our time. This interactive workshop will facilitate participants to develop an upstanding of human trafficking, people smuggling and cultural competency.

By the end of this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Understand the landscape of elements of international migration from the perspective of someone seeking to enter a career in this sector
  • Understand the indicators of trafficking and identifying a victim and the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
  • Apply your understanding of the NRM to the case of a hypothetical victim
  • Understanding cultural competency and why it is necessary in the workplace and beyond

The Irish Refugee Council

Where Refugees and Irish Society Meet
Wednesday, 20th October 6.00PM (online)

Challenges refugees face are many. To effectively respond to each individual’s needs and to affect meaningful change to their situation in Ireland it is important not only to care for them as individuals but to be able to apply legal frameworks that allow them to have their status recognised as quickly as possible so that they can move on with their live. This workshop will include an introduction to Irish civil society, the Irish asylum process, interactive session where participants will have the opportunity to analyse individual casework queries and a panel discussion of Irish Refugee Council staff who will provide insight into different pathways to careers in this sector.

By the end of this workshop students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic landscape of Irish civil society from the perspective of someone seeking to enter a career in this sector
  • Understand and recall the principle features of the Irish international protection process
  • Analyse an individual refugee’s experience
  • Apply your understanding of the protection process to their situation
  • Understand the skills needed by a professional NGO worker to provide advice and support in this sector

Level 3: Award Partner challenge

As part of Level 3 of this Pathway you will have the opportunity to apply for an internship position with IOM - The UN Migration Agency or Irish Refugee Council. You will send a cover letter and CV directly to the Award partner. Contact details and application guidelines can be found in the Job Descriptions below.

Further information

If you have any questions about the Award after reading the above material, you can send them to the Student Employability team at employability@tcd.ie.

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