UPEI cancels teaching job fair due to lack of interest

February 6, 2012

The University of Prince Edward Island will not hold a job fair for education students graduating this year because in a tight job market few recruiters felt the need to travel to PEI. The university has been holding a job fair for its education students for several years, but it was not able to organize a viable event this year. The education dean says school boards have been cutting back on travel budgets. The cancellation is a symptom of the oversupply of qualified teachers across Canada. According to the latest Statistics Canada data, for every teaching position open across the country, there are 10 people looking. UPEI has not been tracking where its 75 education graduates end up each year, but has recently assigned a faculty member to do just that. CBC