The programme, launched today by the Minister for Education, gives young people from inner city communities the opportunity to experience different types of apprenticeship.
The programme, devised by the Transition to Trinity Officer, will be run with engineering, maths and science students for the first year.
The campaign appeals to homeowners to rent their rooms to students.
A proposed increase in the national training fund has drawn scepticism from employers in the past.
The research, led by Dr Paula Mayock, reveals that 42 per cent of homeless people in Ireland are women.
The defeat is a blow to student activists, who had strongly supported the Labour motion.
Prof John O'Leary and Prof Luke O'Neill helped contribute to the discovery, alongside researchers in the US and Australia.
USI President, Michael Kerrigan, said the lack of a clear rejection of a loan scheme was disappointing.
A motion, supported by students but opposed by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, will be brought to the Seanad tomorrow.
The Public Accounts Committee report calls into question financial management in several universities.