Opened in 2001, our Birmingham landmark building serves to provide workspace and offices to our tenants as well hosting high-profile events, training, conferences and exhibitions – this commercial activity feeds back into the charity in order to fund and support science, technology, engineering and math innovation and development across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region. In 2018 alone, the Millennium Point Charitable Trust invested £4.8m back into the region through projects, events and initiatives that support the development of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Our missions statement is below:
The Millennium Point Charitable Trust exists for the advancement of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education for the public benefit within the West Midlands are of the United Kingdom.
We have broken this down into a number of key objectives – each output of the Millennium Point Charitable Trust must meet one or more of these:
- Address the STEM skills gap through education and re-education of STEM skills
- Encourage traditionally marginalised groups to pursue STEM careers i.e. girls and women, BAME, LGBTQ+
- Support the growth of STEM skills and careers within education
- Support the growth of activities and events which promote STEM skills and careers
- Raise the profile of STEM skills and careers
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, but in a way, we don’t like the term. When we say “STEM” you might be thinking of an engineer scribblings lots of calculations for building a bridge, or some people in lab coats mixing chemicals. Yes, that is STEM, but actually, it covers so much more. An IT technician fixing a software fault, a graphic designer creating brand assets; an editor mixing video footage; SEO specialist running an ad campaign; a sound engineer controlling sound levels at a concert – these are all jobs which require STEM skills.
STEM permeates every aspect of our life, and whether you consider your business in a “STEM” industry or not, we can guarantee you that you have employers using STEM-related skills.
Why do we support STEM?
Here at Millennium Point Birmingham, we believe that the future of the region lies in the growth of STEM industries.
Birmingham and the wider West Midlands is the largest UK hub for Science and Innovation outside of London. Industries like Digital & Tech sectors alone are projected to bring in more than £2.2bn into the region over the next ten years. With this rapid expansion of STEM industries, however, comes a widening skills gap which leaves thousands of highly skilled roles left unfulfilled each year.
The Millennium Point Charitable Trust is here to facilitate and support the growth and evolution of STEM in the region, from funding school equipment to inspire the next generation to support events that encourage marginalised groups to consider STEM careers.
How do we achieve this?
We’re always looking for ways to facilitate opportunities to support the growth and development of STEM industries in the West Midlands, here’re some of the ways we achieve this each year.
- Rent reductions for STEM tenants i.e. ThinkTank Science Museum and Birmingham City University’s Faculty for Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
- Annual donations to fund a range of projects across the West Midlands that support the growth of STEM in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
- Discounts on venue hire to organisations of STEM events that support the growth of STEM in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
- The Millennium Point Scholarship, which pays for one person to study at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment each year.
Here’re some examples
Our Scholarship programme engages schools and colleges across the West Midlands.
Each year we award one young person the Millennium Point Scholarship which fully pays undergraduate tuition fees at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
Applicants, businesses, schools and colleges also benefit from the programme with a wealth of opportunities.
Applications for 2020 are now open.
Each year not-for-profits, educational institutes and charities can apply for a grant up to £20,000 to fund their STEM projects, events and initiatives in the West Midlands.
In 2019, 35 organisations received more than £400,000 in grants from the Millennium Point Charitable Trust.
Applications for 2020 will be opening soon.
We’re an award-winning events & conference venue with more than 15 public and private spaces, from meeting rooms to a 350 seat auditorium.
We support STEM events in several ways, from discounts to additional on the day support. It’s part of our commitment to eliminating barrier that promotes science, tech, engineering and maths in the region.
Whether you’re an event professional or a first-timer with a great idea, get in touch with our friendly events team and find out how we can support your next STEM event.