Kildare student named as winner of Trinity Employability Award


Kildare student named as winner of Trinity Employability Award

Dawn Kelly from Clane

Kildare student Dawn Kelly from Clane was recently named as the winner of the 2019 Trinity Employability Award, an initiative in partnership with Intel.

Along side fellow winner Eoin Caffrey, the two 3rd year students in the programme ‘Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials’ in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science scooped the overall winner title. 

The two overall winners received a cash prize of €1,500 as well as a laptop device.

Dawn and attended Wesley College in Dublin while Eoin Caffey is from Limerick City and attended school at Ardscoil Rís in Limerick.

The announcement was made at a special ceremony at Trinity College which took place on Tuesday March 19, 2019.

In 2017 Trinity joined forces with Intel to introduce the pioneering Trinity Employability Award which is designed to increase students’ ‘career readiness’ for future employment.

This year, 56 students from the Science and Technology disciplines of Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Statistics took part in the programme. For the first time this year the initiative was expanded to also include third year students from disciplines in Arts and Humanities. Opening the programme to a diverse combination of disciplines gave students the unique opportunity to work together with a multi-disciplinary approach.

Among the group, 21 first year students of Engineering participated in the ‘First Steps’ module, which involved a site visit to the Intel campus in Leixlip and a career panel session especially designed to give an early insight into the world of work in a technology company.

Additionally, 35 third year students participated in a more in-depth programme to help students develop their skills and experience as well as succeed in the workplace. Students took part in practical workshops led by Intel where they learnt about Model Based Problem Solving, LEAN, and data-driven decision-making. The students 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.

At the Employability award ceremony, which took place at the Science Gallery, the participants of the 2019 programme shared the outputs of their experience with a panel of judges who whittled down the group to a shortlist of six finalists. The six finalists then made a short presentation to the assembled audience and judging panel, before the two overall winners were announced and presented their awards by Trinity College Vice-Provost Chris Morash and Intel Ireland Research Manager Bernie Capraro. 

All participants who successfully completed the Employability Award programme received a certificate of recognition.

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