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Trinity Employability Award in partnership with Intel (for JS students)


This award provides an invaluable opportunity to increase your career readiness by helping you articulate the Trinity Graduate Attributes and competencies achieved as part of your academic programme, as well as through co and extra-curricular activity, and equips 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 and beyond.  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. There are several participation options to choose from, and you can decide if you want to aim to Participate, Complete or Compete.

All students participating in the Trinity Employability Award must achieve the minimum requirements of Level 1 to be eligible for a certificate of participation. Students can then opt to complete additional activities to be eligible for higher levels of the Award and potential prizes. To be eligible for Level 2 or Level 3 you must have completed the requirements for the previous level(s) - these must all be completed in a single academic year.

All students who successfully complete a level of the Award will receive a certificate recording their success and will be invited to the award ceremony presented by Trinity Careers Service and Intel.

Please note that full participation in all activities in each level is compulsory. Students who do not complete required workshops or assessments for any reason will not be eligible to receive a certificate of their participation.

Level 1 - Participate

This is the foundational level of the award. To achieve this award standard you must:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 hours of extra-curricular activities
    – see list of approved activities below
  • Attend one 3 hour “Make it Count” workshop delivered by the Trinity Careers Service
  • Attend 1 full day Model Based Problem Solving Workshop, delivered by Intel
  • Attend 1 of either 1x4 hour workshop on Decision Making with Data or 1x4 hour workshop on LEAN Management, delivered by Intel

Workshop descriptions

    Make it Count - 3 hour workshop at Trinity College Dublin, delivered by Trinity Careers Service

      • 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


    The Workshops at Intel, though engineering orientated, will benefit students from all disciplines in how they solve problems, find leaner methods of working and use data to find the correct solution. You will attend either Decision Making with Data or LEAN in January 2019.

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

    Decision Making with Data – 4 hour workshop at Intel

  • Workshop will introduce you to different types of data, data distributions and visualizations
  • The workshop will enable participants to make decisions based on data, set the hypothesis and answer the right question
  • From a practical element, there will be opportunities to succeed at dice, launch a mini catapult and manufacture beads to demonstrate industry concepts and see them in action


    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.
  • 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.
  •  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
  • If your 30 hours were in the Trinity Students Union we suggest that you ask your faculty convener, or the TCDSU Education Officer, to sign off on these hours.
  • You can provide this confirmation of hours in one of two ways:

    1) Ask the referee to send an email confirming those hours, along with their contact number and their job title/role to Ask your referee to copy you by email on the reference so you know it has been submitted.

    2) Send a reference written on the organisation’s headed paper as an attachment to

    All references must be submitted by 5pm, 8th March, 2019.

    Extra-curricular activities

    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 Trinity's Central Societies Committee
  • Sports e.g. being an active member of Trinity Sports clubs
  • Volunteering with a registered charity or as part of a Trinity initiative, e.g. S2S mentoring, VDP homework club
  • Student representation in Trinity's Students Union e.g. faculty convenor or class rep
  • 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.

All students who successfully complete these activities will receive a certificate of their participation in this level of the Award. You can choose to deepen your learning and compete for prizes by taking part in the assessment processes in Levels 2 (Complete) and Level 3 (Compete), outlined below.

Level 2 - Complete

To achieve this award standard you will need to have met the criteria for Level 1 (Participate) outlined above. In addition you will need to:

  • Complete a CV review with a Careers Consultant
  • Submit an assessment of your choice which can be one of either:

    Submit a photograph and 250 word explanation explaining how this photograph demonstrates your development of a Trinity Graduate Attribute through taking part in the award


    Submit a 90 second video explaining how you have developed a Trinity Graduate Attribute through taking part in the award

These requirements will be assessed by Trinity Careers Service. All students who successfully complete these activities will receive a certificate of their participation in this level of the Award 

CV review

You can have your CV reviewed by coming along to one of our regular Drop-In CV clinics. Your attendance will be recorded by the Trinity Careers Service as evidence of you meeting this criteria. See MyCareer for details of upcoming Drop-In CV Clinics.


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 event in Hilary Term.

Assessment for Level 2 of the award requires the following components to be submitted:

  • References for extra curricular hours
  • One recorded CV review at the Careers Service
  • One assessment submission from the two options below

These components should be submitted by 5pm, 8th March, 2019 by email to and will be assessed by the Trinity Careers Service.

Guidelines for submissions


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 megapixels.  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 photo as a .jpg attachment by email with the photo file titled in this format: Your_Name_[Title_of_photo].

The following questions may help with your submission of an image and 250 word explanation:

  • 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?

 90 second video

Create a 90 second video using a phone or camera which tells a story that captures your achievement of a single Trinity Graduate Attribute. We won’t be judging the quality of the video as long as we can hear and see you clearly. 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:

    • How have you achieved this Trinity Graduate Attribute?
    • Why is it important and what does it mean to you?

Level 3 - Compete

In order to compete for the prize, you will need to meet Level 1 and Level 2 requirements In addition to completing the requirements for Level 2, to achieve this award standard you must indicate on your level 2 submission that you would like to have your submission reviewed by the Intel prize panel.

Entries will be shortlisted and shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in a further assessment by Intel. The prize competition will be administered, assessed and awarded by Intel. Successful students will receive a certificate of their participation in this level of the Award and be eligible to compete for the Intel prize on the day of the celebratory event.

Award timeline

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Information Session, MacNeill Theatre, 6pm

5pm, Friday 28th September 2018

Application deadline

Friday 5th October 2018

Applicants notified

October 2018 – February 2019

Participate in 30 hours of extra-curricular activity

Monday 22nd October 2018

10am - 1.00pm "Make it Count" Careers Service employability workshop at Room 5052, Arts Building, Trinity (mandatory)

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Model Based Problem Solving at Intel (mandatory)

January 17th 2019

LEAN or Decision Making with Data workshop at Intel (mandatory - choose one)

5pm, 8th March 2019

Deadline for submission of assessments and references

6-8pm 19th March 2019

Award ceremony

Attendance at the award ceremony is required to celebrate all levels of participation in the award and for presentation of certificates and prizes.

All students must be registered by 5.30pm

Students competing at Level 3 must be registered by 4pm


Applications are now closed.

To apply for this award, please sign into MyCareer and register for the “Trinity Employability Award in partnership with Intel (Application)” event. You will be asked to book into the event and write up to 150 words on what you hope to achieve by participating in the award as part of your registration.

Successful students will be invited to registered for their preferred January workshop session on MyCareer. Please note that the Careers Service workshop and the Model Based Problem Solving Intel workshop is mandatory.  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; these workshop assignments are final. Visiting students are not eligible to apply to the Trinity Employability Award.

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 Friday 28th September 2018. Places on the award are limited, if more people apply than can be accommodated we will allocate places after the closing date to achieve an equitable representation of student demographics.

We will get in touch with you by email to let you know the status of your application by Friday 5th October 2018.

Further information

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

You should also engage with the Trinity Careers Service on social media for updates on this award and other activities: