Graduates and upcoming Graduates…Why KTP?
A KTP could be the perfect launchpad, helping enhance your career prospects by providing you with an opportunity to manage a challenging project central to a business’s strategic development and long term growth.
You’ll ‘own’ your own project, linked to both a university and a business whose experienced teams will provide you with full support. Acting as both a conduit for knowledge and a project lead, this is a real opportunity to deliver impact and shape your future career development.
- Fast track your career from a unique platform?
- Take on a role that bridges academia and business?
- Take ownership of your own project?
- Apply your academic knowledge to a real life challenge that delivers strategic or tactical change?
- Gain a further professional qualification?
- Manage your own substantial training and development budget (you can also use this to attend conferences, cover membership of professional bodies etc)?
KTPs offer extensive opportunities for graduates and post-grads, as you provide the link between an expert academic team and a dynamic company.
This ‘bridge’ gives you unique and exceptional access to both worlds. As a KTP Associate, you’ll act as a project lead and can expect to benefit from:
- A fulfilling employment opportunity where you can apply your knowledge to turn a key strategic innovation idea into reality
- The chance to manage a challenging, real-world project
- An opportunity to tailor-make your role, as each KTP Associate position is unique
- The chance to implement strategic development within an innovative company
- Dedicated coaching, mentoring and personal development, as you manage your own personal training budget
“Working with an organisation like Ashton, who are really driven by a social mission, has given me an opportunity to apply some of my previous academic research in areas of social enterprise development, community planning and re-generation.
There have been multiple opportunities for me since starting my KTP, particularly when working on strategic matters across the organisation which has been really empowering. I’ve been working closely with the Senior Management Team on issues which can really have a positive impact, such as identifying new contractual opportunities and actually going beyond the research by preparing bids to potentially win some of these contracts.
This KTP has allowed me to engage with new stakeholders, whether that be government officials or new contractual buyers; it’s been rewarding to work with those individuals and see the benefits and positive impact this will have on Ashton. I would definitely recommend all graduates to apply for a KTP, working on a real life project with support from Queen’s academics has really helped me launch my career”
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 high-impact project.
All KTP posts are open for suitably qualified graduates to apply and, due to the unique nature of each job, there is no ’one size fits all’ set of candidate requirements. The qualification and experience-level required can vary between roles.
Although KTP Associates are employed by the University, they are are based in the partner business, to deliver the KTP project. The recruitment process is carried out jointly and we always try to hold the interviews on the business premises.
KTP jobs are advertised on the main Queen’s University website, usually under ’KTP jobs’, Please closely review the job specification for the role(s) that you are interested in, paying close attention to the essential and desirable criteria for each role. In order to be considered, tailor your CV to the role you are applying for. Note that all applications have to be received through the university’s online application system.
KTP is a UK wide programme, the collaborations link forward thinking businesses with the UK's world class academic teams to deliver innovative projects led by inspired graduates. See UK Associate jobs and all things KTP here.
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.
"KTP is such a dynamic graduate programme and I feel very proud to be KTP Associate at Queen’s University Belfast.
I have learned so much in such a short period of time and every day I am gaining new industry insight. I have made many new connections, found useful management tools and developed skills for future use. This experience has been very insightful, using my academic knowledge to help manage a real life business project with the support of specialist academics and company supervisors, it’s an experience I would definitely recommend to other graduates."