Access to the Workplace

DCU’s Access to the Workplace Programme provides DCU Access students with a high quality work placement during their summer break, hosted by leading Irish companies participating in the programme.

DCU’s Access Programme is the largest programme of its kind in Ireland, supporting nearly 1,300 students in the 2018/19 academic year. It makes third level education attainable to talented students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and provides a range of personal, financial and academic supports to enable students to thrive and excel in their studies in DCU.

The DCU Access to the Workplace Programme is an additional opportunity that is offered to Access students who are in the second year of their studies in DCU. It was developed through a collaboration between DCU’s Access Service and DCU Educational Trust.

Benefits for participating employers

  • An opportunity to engage with talented young students from the DCU Access programme
  • Provides companies with highly-motivated students who are workplace-ready
  • An opportunity for companies to mentor young talent
  • An opportunity for companies to further build relationships with the DCU community
  • Promotional opportunities as a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative

Benefits for participating students

  • Opportunity to take part in at least four weeks of a meaningful work placement
  • Opportunity to be mentored by experienced staff members in their chosen field
  • Practical training in how to prepare for the working environment
  • Paid work placement in a collaborative work environment

Employer requirements and eligibility

  • Willing to employ a student for a minimum of 4 weeks and maximum of 12 weeks during June –
    Aug 2020
  • Willing to provide at least 30 hours per week at a minimum rate of €10 per hour
  • Willing to agree to the terms listed in the DCU Access to the Workplace employer charter that
    will be provided by the DCU Educational Trust team
  • The Access to the Workplace philanthropic support programme is open to organisations who
    support the DCU Access Scholarship programme.

Access to the Workplace Partner Companies

AIB
AIG
Allergan
Alltech
AON
BC McGettigan Ltd
Britvic
CAE Parc Aviation
Citrix
CityJet
Codex
Colgate Palmolive
Collen Construction
County Monaghan Fund
CRH Group
daa
EirGrid
eShopWorld
Fenergo
Highfield Healthcare
Irish Aviation Authority
Irish Distillers
Irish Life Group
Jones Engineering
Marks and Spencer Ireland
Mastercard
Matheson
Matthews Coach Hire
McGarrell Reilly
McKeon Group
Mondelez
MUFG Investor Services
National Recruitment Federation
National Standards Authority of Ireland
National Treasury Management Agency
Neogen
Oracle
Pigsback.com
PwC
Siemens
Taoglas
The Bonnington Hotel
Ulster Bank Ireland
Verizon
Vodafone
William Fry
Willis Towers Watson

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