Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) aim to improve the effectiveness of a business through collaboration with a university.
KTP is one of Europe's largest and most established graduate recruitment schemes. The programme is headed by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) and offers funding for up to 60 per cent of the cost of the project.
KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, academic/research institution and a recently qualified graduate.
The graduate (called an associate) is recruited to work on a specific strategic project within the organisation for up to three years and is supported by an expert Kingston University academic and a manager based within the organisation. Projects need to demonstrate the potential for a high level of innovation and economic impact.
Examples of Kingston University KTPs have included improving visitor experience at Hampton Court Palace, creating new technologies in a number of sectors, and developing a commercial sustainable building design consultancy within an architectural practice.
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Kingston University has been facilitating KTPs since 1992 and has won various awards and outstanding ratings for projects. The average turnover of our partner companies has grown by over 40% as a result of two-year KTPs.