The 2012 Career Fair has been cancelled due to a shortfall of funds, with some of the major sponsors cutting back on their support.
The Career Fair, which now is in its 8th year, was supposed to take place on October 18th and 19th at the Bermuda College. The plans were to showcase over 75 booths showing various career options. Past years have seen around 2,500 students attend the two day event.
Last month we reported that the 2012 Career Fair was in doubt, with the organisers saying the event may have to be cancelled unless additional financial support was found.
A statement from the organisers said: “The Career Fair Organizing Committee regret to announce the cancellation of this year’s Annual Career Fair. This would have been the 8th year of the event which began as an ACE Foundation Initiative in Partnership with the Ministry of Education in April of 2005. The reason for this year’s cancellation was simply due to insufficient funds needed to run the event, which has been a very successful partnership between the public and private sectors.
“It can be noted that the interest in the Career Fair amongst the business participants this year was very high with many organizations calling us for exhibit booth space. There was also support and interest from several Government Ministries which normally participate as exhibitors each year. The Ministry of Education had also pledged their support.
“However in the end there was a shortfall of funds as some of the major sponsors had to cut back on their support, while the committee was not able to raise the balance of the funds required. The Career Fair Committee would like to thank all of those who offered support as well as those who had planned to participate as exhibitors this year.
“We are hoping that we will be able to raise support for the event next year. Based on the exit surveys carried out by our teams, we are certain that the Career Fair has helped hundreds of young people to make that important connection between their studies and the workplace, which for many, marks the point at which learning becomes a matter of urgency.
“We look forward to a successful event next year. We would be interested in speaking with any business or organization that might like to take a leading role as a sponsor next year as well as others that would be prepared to offer their financial support to help Bermuda’s students learn about their life work options through exposure and dialogue with industry professionals.”
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