A core aim of our work in the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities is that our graduates should have the same opportunities in life as their fellow graduates of Trinity College, including opportunities for further education, meaningful ongoing employment and the ability to contribute to their local community.
Our Business Partners play a central role in helping achieve these outcomes for students. The companies involved in the Business Partners network represent significant relationships for our students which are essential for educational placements and establishing opportunities for transition to sustainable employment.
The practical and financial support that we receive from our business partners allows us to secure the future of the TCPID and to develop further opportunities for our students and graduates. We believe that the full inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in education, employment, and society should be a right, not an aspiration. Students and graduates of the TCPID demonstrate clearly that, if offered the appropriate supports and opportunities, they can make meaningful contributions to society. Our graduates are inspiring others to follow in their footsteps by showing what is possible when people are given the opportunity to fulfil their true potential.
The continued involvement of Business Partners enables us to deliver key aspects of our mission and provide transformative opportunities for students and graduates, including:
- Student Work Placements
- Paid Internships
- Ongoing Employment
- Funding to Support the Programme
Work Placements and Internships
From the student / graduate point of view, the work placement / internship experience is of huge benefit in terms of increased independence and self-esteem. The skills developed go far beyond the daily tasks that the person is taught to complete.
The ideal outcome for a graduate of the course would be to be in a position to meaningfully participate in the community and perhaps secure ongoing employment, using all the skills that they have learnt while on the course and while on placement.
From the business partner’s point of view, the experience is also a very rewarding one. The placement / internship allows businesses to work closely with, and mentor a student which then helps their own staff to develop additional skills. The TCPID works closely with the businesses before, during and after the placement to support them throughout.
Work Placement Programme
Paula Conradie and Kieran Biddulph, students from the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID), along with graduate Tomas Murphy tell us about their experience on work placement with some of the TCPID Business Partners.
We are keen to continue to grow our relationships with Business Partners and to expand the network of companies who contribute to our work by providing work placements and opportunities for students to develop key skills and competencies, enhancing their future employment possibilities.
If you would like to explore how your company can become involved in this ground-breaking programme – through providing work placements, graduate internships or other supports – we would be delighted to work with you to find the right ‘fit’ for your company and employees. Please contact Marie Devitt at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how you can get involved and really make a difference to these students’ lives.