Birmingham City University KPT

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Birmingham City University KPT

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK-wide programme which encourages businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through partnership with an academic institution (such as a university, further education college or research and technology organisation).

Through the programme, a business can recruit a recently qualified graduate (known as the Associate) to work on a project for either 10-40 weeks or one-three years. So far, KTPs have helped businesses to design new products, examine business models and improve manufacturing processes.

KTPs have benefited businesses both large and small, including third sector and public sector organisations, across many industries. Because the Associate’s wages are part-funded by government grants, these partnerships can be extremely cost-effective.

The Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment has already collaborated on more than ten KTPs. Many of our graduates have been successful in developing new products – and increasing profits – at companies such as the Morgan Motor Company, Mechatherm International Ltd and Hydrapower Dynamics (Birmingham).

Knowledge Innovation Technology Transfer Scheme (KITTS)
The Knowledge Innovation Technology Transfer Scheme (KITTS) is a West Midlands programme where 10 partner universities work together to match small- and medium-sized local businesses with high calibre graduates for three-month paid work placements.

It’s an affordable, easy way to recruit highly educated staff to inject fresh thinking into your projects. For the graduates, it’s a chance to put theory into practice and to get valuable experience.