Help us support the next generation of West Midlands talent.
We’re looking to collaborate with businesses and professionals on the Millennium Point Trust Scholarship, which aims to build confidence and appetite for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers in the West Midlands.
What’s the Scholarship?
The Millennium Point Trust Scholarship aims to encourage diversity and engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Each year, the Millennium Point Charitable Trust will fund fully fund one undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment. Following an initial application, we select up to five finalists to compete in a live final, presenting on current topics relating to their chosen industry in the context of the West Midlands.
The winner has their undergraduate tuition fees fully-paid by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust for three years and all five finalists will have opportunities for growth and personal development as alumni of the competition, to ensure that they are supported in making the first steps in their career in the West Midlands.
Who are we?
We’re the Millennium Point Charitable Trust – profits from our commercial activity as a conference and events venue and landmark public building in the Eastside of Birmingham city centre are invested in projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of STEM and education in the West Midlands. The Millennium Point Trust Scholarship is our flagship initiative alongside our small grants programme.
In 2018, Millennium Point Charitable Trust contributed £4.8m to STEM in the West Midlands through our charitable outputs. In 2019, our charity was awarded ‘Third Sector Organisation of the Year’ at the Birmingham Post Business Awards and named in Mills & Reeve’s Innovation 50 for our work in the region.
How can you and your business get involved?
Below are a few examples, but really it’s down to you – whether it’s sparing an hour for a chat, or a summer placement every little bit helps and we’ll do everything we can to make it easy and beneficial for you and your business.
1. Spread the word!
Tell parents, young people, teachers, colleagues – anyone and everyone. The more people who know about the project, the bigger it gets and the more impact we can make together. You can also follow, like, share and retweet @millenniumpoint on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn with #TrustScholarship.
2. Offer face-to-face support
Whether it’s offering feedback on presentations or general career advice to mentorship and work placements, every little bit counts. If you’re interested then please drop our team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Register your interest for the Live Final
Taking place on Friday 13th March during the early afternoon, you’ll be able to see our five finalists present on important topics which impact their chosen industry in the West Midlands, network with like-minded businesses and business leaders and more. Just get in touch.
4. Join our charitable trust mailing list
Giving you the latest updates, events and opportunities to get involved in the scholarship and other charitable projects from our award-winning charitable trust.
Why is this important?
It’s been estimated that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet. Currently, there is a shortfall of 173,000 skilled workers as 89% of STEM businesses struggle to recruit. New STEM roles expected to double in the next 10 years: businesses warn of economic impact if skills shortage continues. STEM skills are not limited to STEM businesses but encompass the entire working landscape.
Whether you realise it or not, at least one member of your team is employed in some form of STEM role. There’s also a wealth of opportunity for you to incorporate more STEM skills into your business to cultivate innovation, improve productivity and efficiency which all overall impact the growth and profit of your business.
How does this relate to the scholarship?
The scholarship aims to encourage young people to consider STEM careers by making them more accessible, particularly to those traditionally marginalised by income, race, gender and sexuality. It’s our belief that by eliminating these barriers we are increasing the potential talent pool exponentially.
Why should you and your business get involved?
Supporting young people from diverse backgrounds isn’t just a ‘nice’ thing your business can do; it’s an opportunity for your business to make a meaningful impact and be on the forefront of change in the social and economic landscape of the West Midlands.
You’ll have opportunities to expand your networks and widen your CSR through Millennium Point and you might even meet the future talent who will be instrumental to innovating your business.
What are you waiting for? Get involved!