Charities and schools handed £400,000 to help boost tech skills

Millennium Point Charitable Trust has handed grants to charities and schools to help meet a shortfall in technology, maths, engineering and science expertise.

Joe Lepper | 2nd Oct 19
Millennium Point, Birmingham.

Charities and schools are to benefit from more than £400,000 worth of grants to boost technology skills.

Birmingham events centre Millennium Point’s charitable trust has distributed the awards as part of its £410,000 small grants programme to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning across the West Midlands.

The funding pot of grants, of up to £20,000, has been awarded to 34 charities, schools and other non-profit organisations.

The aim is to help make Birmingham and the West Midlands a centre for STEM skills outside of London.

According to Millennium Point Charitable Trust the region has an estimated shortfall of 173,000 STEM skilled workers, with 89% of local science, engineering and technology firms struggling to fill roles.

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After school clubs

The money will be used to buy new equipment, run events and after school clubs as well as boost careers guidance around STEM roles.

“2018/19 marked an incredibly successful first year for our small grants program and we are delighted to hear that our recipients are starting to put their money to good use.

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“From early child development in schools to business development and community engagement, we are aiming to make a positive, tangible impact across the West Midlands in how STEM is perceived and promoted,” said Millennium Point Chief Executive Officer Abigail Vlahaki.

“We are looking forward to working with this year’s recipients as they make the most of their grant funding and of course, we are excited to see the results of their work.”

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