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.
With many DCU Access students relying on summer employment to save for the upcoming academic year, the commitment of our Access to the Workplace partners is critical in enabling students to save, while also preparing for work in a professional environment and gaining experience in their chosen field.
DCU’s Access Programme is the largest programme of its kind in Ireland, supporting nearly 1,200 students in the 2019/20 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.
BC McGettigan Limited
CAE Parc Aviation
Codex Office Solutions
County Monaghan Fund
Fidelity Investments Ireland
Fingal County Council
Irish Life Group
Marks and Spencer
Mason Hayes & Curran
Matthews Coach Hire
MUFG Investor Services
National Recruitment Federation
National Standards Authority of Ireland
National Treasury Management Agency
Willis Towers Watson
The 2019 pilot of the Access to the Workplace Programme enabled 50 DCU Access students to find high-quality summer employment in 39 established workplaces and to generate a modest income during their summer break.
DCU Educational Trust and DCU’s Access Service were keen to monitor outcomes and to evaluate the impact of the pilot programme for both students and companies. In order to do this, students completed a pre-placement survey and a post-placement reflective log. S3 Solutions were also commissioned to conduct an independent evaluation by gathering additional qualitative data through 25 student and 22 company interviews.
Below is an overview of some of the key findings from the independent evaluation of the 2019 pilot programme. The full pilot impact review can be viewed here.