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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is one of the UK's largest graduate recruitment programmes. KTP has worked with over 3,000 organisations from micro-sized to large businesses such as Unilever and Rolls Royce. At any one time, there are anywhere between 600-1,000 KTP projects under way, each spearheaded by a recent graduate recruited via the KTP programme. 

Given the wide range of KTP projects available, all degree subjects are considered. KTP has numerous vacancies across the UK, and recruitment takes place all year round. 

How does a KTP work? 

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way project between a graduate (known as an Associate), a business and a University. A KTP can enhance your career prospects by providing you with an opportunity to manage an innovative, challenging project central to a company’s strategic development and long-term growth.

Through the KTP, you play a key role in managing and implementing strategic development activities within the company, transferring and applying knowledge between the industrial and academic partners. Associates own their project and are supported throughout by experienced staff from the business and the university.

Typical challenges you may encounter as an associate include the design and implementation of new or improved products or processes, reorganising production facilities, introducing improved quality systems and technology, and the development and operation of novel marketing strategies to enable access to new markets.

KTP project durations range from 6 months to 3 years and result in ~75% of Associates being offered employment by the host business upon completion.


  • Fast-track career development
  • Ownership of an exciting, strategic project
  • Demonstrable positive outcomes of your work
  • Competitive starting salary with potential for long-term employment
  • Real-world application of your degree specialism
  • On-the-job mentoring from industrial and research experts
  • Opportunity for additional training and development
  • Increased opportunity to register for a higher degree

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