Horizons Belfast, a project created by two young people for young people, has officially come to an end.
The two young men behind the ambitious project, Seamas de Faoite and Nigel Macauley planned to open the doors of the King’s Hall Belfast to 150 exhibitors from 6 different sectors of the Northern Ireland economy in order to showcase a multitude of opportunities available to young people.
In a statement released by Horizons Belfast this morning, they said:
“We set up Horizons Belfast, following a poll in the Belfast Telegraph in April 2014, which showed that 67% of young people here don’t see themselves having a future in Northern Ireland. Our mission was to connect young people aged 16-30 to employers, educational institutions and training organisations, to expand their horizons in Northern Ireland.
Following months of work towards holding a large expo in Belfast, we were able to secure the backing of a range of government departments, NGOs and political parties from across Northern Ireland. Despite all of this, many in the business sector were not as willing to pay into such a venture within the timeframe allotted, and thus we were unable to proceed with the expo.
We at Horizons Belfast would like to thank everyone for their time, support and effort on this project. As the author and poet, Maya Angelou said, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”