Entrepreneurs' day 2012

In Leuven, on Wednesday 22 February 2012, GROUP T was transformed again into a large job and project fair. The entrepreneurs were given all the necessary facilities for recruiting engineering students, offering company projects and finding apprenticeship candidates. There was no lack of interest from the employers. One hundred three companies and organizations came down to the campus, tying the 2011 record.

Entrepreneurs' day 2012
Entrepreneurs' day 2012

The numbers don't lie. Just the number of vacancies for industrial and civil engineers received by the VDAB, went up by 30% last year compared to 2010: 9,747 vacancies in 2011 compared to 6,921 the year before. The numbers aren't even that much lower than those of the pre-crisis year 2007 when the VDAB received 10,649 vacancies for engineers.

The Entrepreneurs' Day is a service GROUP T offers to its most important customers: the students and the entrepreneurs. The objective of the event is to create a forum where entrepreneurs looking for new talent and future engineers looking for a challenging company project, an interesting apprenticeship or a first job can meet each other in a professional context. Also those who want to continue studying after their training can find something to their liking. Several universities and university colleges were present to provide information about their programs.

The Entrepreneurs' Day is sponsored by the Leuven VOKA Chamber of Commerce. As a result, not only the large multinationals were present, but also the KMOs, recruitment agencies and public services. Of note this year was the renewed presence of the automobile industry represented by companies like Toyota and Ford after several years of absence. Thanks to the Chamber, the business world from the Leuven region was well represented again. The increasing internationalization of the university college and the many foreign students helped make the Entrepreneurs' Day more than just a regional or Flemish affair. The international, especially Asian, students constitute an interesting target audience for companies that are active in Asia or wish to develop activities there.

Yves Persoons

2012 Entrepreneurs' Day
Studenten in gesprek met ondernemers

Look at the pictures of the Entrepreneurs' Day via Group T's photostream on Flickr.