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The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with the University of Gloucestershire and a graduate (posts are advertised via the KTP portal).
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 University (known as the Knowledge Base) will help to develop the project, provide academic input and recruit a suitable graduate, known as an associate. The University will act as the employer of the associate, who then works at the business for the majority of the project.
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:
Taking part in a KTP can help you to develop your business. You can get academic expertise that you don’t have in-house. This can improve your business processes and performance, helping you to become more competitive and productive.
A KTP is part-funded by a grant. You will need to contribute to the overall cost of the project.
The amount you will need to contribute depends on the scale and length of the project. It will also depend on the size of your business. Typically:
· small and medium-sized enterprises contribute around £35,000 per year, about one-third of the project costs
· large businesses contribute around £55,000 per year, or half of the project costs
Knowledge base partners who take part in a KTP create on average more than 3 new research projects and 2 research papers for each project.
Most knowledge bases have a dedicated KTP office. These offices work with the business and academic partners who intend to collaborate together to scope out the project. They can also help with the application to Innovate UK.
All of the funding comes to the University to fund the KTP.
KTP is one of the UK’s largest graduate recruitment programmes. There are over 300 job opportunities each year for graduates (known as ‘associates’) to lead KTP projects. Successful completion of a KTP project often leads to a permanent job with the business.
Every associate is given a dedicated training and development budget (maximum of £2k per year) that supports:
· developmental training that is specifically required for the project
· training that helps the all-round development of the associate
Visit the KTP website to find out more about the programme.
Each application must be led by the University of Gloucestershire, working with a business.
If you already have a partnership with the University or know which academic you would like to work with on a KTP, you should contact Leonie Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Submitting an application
KTP applications can only be submitted by the University of Gloucestershire.
A KTP application must be completed jointly by the prospective business and the University. Each application is supported by a Knowledge Transfer Adviser (Geraint Jones – 07753 138587 – email@example.com).
The application should include information about each of the participants, their objectives, the proposed tasks and deliverables for the associate.
What happens after you apply?
Applications are assessed by an expert group of assessors. You will normally be notified of the outcome within 12 weeks or less of the competition closing.
If your partnership is successful you will then receive a formal grant offer letter.
Once our offer is accepted you can begin to recruit an associate. Recruitment should be undertaken jointly by the University and business partner. The associate’s contract of employment will be with the University.
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Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is an exchange programme for entrepreneurs financed by the European Union. The person you host gets a grant, and there is no charge to your company.
This provides you with the opportunity to share experiences and work with new entrepreneurs at your own company base with exchanges lasting for between one and six months.
You can take part in the programme as a host entrepreneur if:
Once you have completed the application and get accepted for the programme, a local contact point in your country will help you find a new entrepreneur that matches your requirements. The entrepreneur will spend time in your company contributing to its development, while you will share entrepreneurial experience. This is a personal commitment you cannot delegate to someone else.
Alternatively you can complete the form below and a member of the team will contact you.