Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) can provide an exceptional career launchpad for talented graduates and post-graduates

Posted on: 10/01/2020

Every year, KTPs offer a diverse range of roles – from Chemical Engineers to Behavioural Psychologists – driving innovation projects in all sectors.

For many graduates and post-graduates, finding a role which enables them to apply their research and academic knowledge to a real-world innovation challenge can be hard. A job that bridges the gap between the academic and  commercial spaces is a rare privilege too.

Working as a KTP Associate within a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) could offer the perfect solution. Today, nearly 800 KTP Associates are working in organisations in all sectors of the economy, helping steer innovation projects right across the UK. And, with new KTP projects being funded year-round,  there is a constant supply of interesting openings working as KTP Associate.

KTPs are a three way partnership between a forward-thinking organisation, an expert academic team within one of the UK”s world-class Knowledge Bases, and a talented graduate.  Together they work on an innovation project designed to deliver positive impact to all three partners.

A key part of the partnership team, the KTP Associate effectively acts as the project manager on a KTP, liaising between the company and the university teams to access, apply and develop the most relevant, fresh and impactful knowledge and thinking to progress the innovation challenge at the heart of the KTP project.

Unique in many respects, the Associate role has provided, and continues to provide, an exceptional launchpad for careers as diverse as data science to new product development,  chemical engineering to environmental impact analysis. Find out more about working as a KTP Associate here, and view the latest vacancies for KTP Associates here.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) aim to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills within the UK knowledge base. The Knowledge Transfer Network is one of the delivery partners for the KTP programme which is funded by UKRI through Innovate UK and other co-funders as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.


If you think a KTP could help your organisation innovate for growth, talk to one of the KTN’s specialist Knowledge Transfer Advisers, or visit the KTP website for more information.

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