The William and Ellen Vinten Trust has several aims but its principal activity is to pursue initiatives which increase the interest of school and college students in the Bury St Edmunds area in science and technology subjects. The goal is to increase the numbers of students who might consider careers in the engineering disciplines and to improve their levels of attainment.
With this aim in mind, the trust currently offers the following support:
· Financial assistance towards capital projects in primary, middle and upper schools and West Suffolk College, which are specifically aimed at improving the quality and quantity of teaching/training in science, mathematics, engineering and design technology. These can involve building extensions or modifications, refurbishments and/or the provision of new equipment. Trustees usually look to help with partnership funding for these projects from the school and/or other partners.
· Help to individual students wishing to access courses, competitions and other activities, which are aimed at providing excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related areas.
· The appointment of Vinten ambassadors, Year 12 students in the town’s five senior schools, who assist the promotion of the aims of the trust in their schools and who, in return, gain from a direct link with the trust and its two historically linked companies, Camera Dynamics and Thales.
· Bursary grants to students embarking on and sustaining study in university courses in Mechanical, Electrical and other branches of Engineering. These Bursaries are given to one student per year leaving each of the five senior schools and the grant continues for the duration of the course.
· 100% funding of the costs of running a STEM DAY for year 9 students in each of the five senior schools.
· The provision, with the assistance of the national Smallpeice Trust, of an annual residential engineering course for up to 50 Year 10 students.
· Support to engineering companies who take on apprentices via West Suffolk College or West Suffolk Training.
· Targeted support to Vinten employees and their families.
· Any other activity suggested to or by the trustees, which support the aims of the charity.