Trinity Employability Award prepares students for future careers
Winners of the Trinity Employability Award announced in partnership with Intel
April 7th, 2017 – The winners of Trinity Employability Award, an initiative in partnership with Intel, are third year students, Rebecca Kelly and Dale Chen, The announcement was made at a special ceremony in Trinity. Trinity joined forces with Intel in the new pioneering Trinity Employability Award to increase students’ ‘career readiness’ for future employment.
Thirty-nine, third year students from the Schools of Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Statistics took part in the programme, the first of its kind in Ireland.
Announcing the winners, Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, congratulated all of the students who participated in the programme: "We want to prepare students for the ever changing challenges of the 21st century workforce. The Trinity Employability Award has set out to do this, helping our students develop Trinity graduate attributes through a combination of training and experience. We are especially delighted to be doing this in conjunction with Intel Ireland, the first industry partner to support this initiative."
As part of the programme the students participated in a specialist curriculum that further developed their skills and graduate attributes to succeed in their studies and career. They attended Intel-led workshops using problem-solving methodologies and applied learning to work-related situations. They also enhanced personal and professional development through thirty hours of extra-curricular activity, and learnt how to critically reflect on their skills and articulate these to employers through a workshop led by the Careers Advisory Service with Student Learning Development.
Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott said: "The world around us is changing at an unbelievable pace which in turn is transforming the workplace and revolutionising the kinds of jobs that will be available to future graduates. More than ever a focus on fundamental skills and employability attributes will be vital for students and for that reason we are delighted to be collaborating with Trinity as the first industry partner to support this employability award."
Six finalists gave stellar presentations on the night of the award ceremony, and after much deliberation the judging panel selected the winning two.
All participants who successfully completed the Employability Award programme received a certificate of recognition, and the six finalists received tablets. The two overall finalists received a cash prize of €2,500 Intel prize.
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