What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership?
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme has been helping UK businesses to innovate and grow since 2003. It does this by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate. A KTP enables a business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project through a knowledge-based partnership.
The academic or research organisation partner will help to recruit a suitable graduate, known as an Associate. They will act as the employer of the graduate, who then works at the company for the duration.
The scheme can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on what the project is and the needs of the business. Each KTP is a 3-way partnership between:
- A UK-based business of any size or a not-for-profit organisation
- An academic or research organisation. This could be a university, college or research and technology organisation in the UK
- A suitably-qualified graduate, with the capability to lead a strategic business project