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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK-wide programme enabling businesses to improve competitiveness, productivity and performance by enhancing use of the knowledge residing in UK Higher Education Institutions. The KTP team at QUB provides dedicated advice and support throughout the project life-cycle: from initial contact and application to Associate recruitment and management of all administration and finance-related aspects. KTP is one of the UK’s largest graduate recruitment schemes with around 800 graduates in place each year. Although aimed at new graduates any appropriately qualified individual is welcome to apply. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a fully salaried graduate programme, normally 2 years in duration, that provides graduates with a real job and an opportunity to fast track a career in industry.

How to become a KTP Associate

We work hard with our company partners to identify the right candidate for every job because we know that the chosen KTP Associate is the key to delivering a first class project.

All KTP posts are open to suitably qualified graduates and, due to the unique nature of each job, there is no ’one size fits all’ recruitment process.

KTP Associates are employed by the University, but contracted to work in a particular company, to deliver the KTP project. Hence, the recruitment process is carried out jointly and we always try to hold the interviews on the company premises.

KTP jobs are advertised on the main Queen’s University website, usually under ’Research Jobs’, although they are not formal research positions. In order to be considered, all applications have to be received through our online system. 

Salary and Other Benefits

As a KTP Associate, your salary will be decided by the company, in line with industry standards and with any other company employees at a similar level. Don’t forget that, in addition to salary, an Associate on a standard two-year KTP project will have access to over £8,000 for training and travel. Training requirements are agreed with your academic and company supervisors, to ensure that any skills gaps are addressed at an early stage.

Each KTP Associate is also required to attend two one-week training residential modules to develop core people and project management skills that enable you to manage the KTP and get the most from the people and resources around you.

As a member of University staff, you will also have access to staff training courses, library and sports facilities, as well as the option to join the University Pension Scheme.

So, now you know more about KTP, what are you waiting for?

Munster Simms

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