Graduate opportunities

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme continues to offer recently qualified people the opportunity to enhance their career prospects through managing a challenging project that is central to an organisation’s strategic development and long-term growth.

How does it work?

If you choose to apply for a KTP Associate position, upon successful appointment you will be employed by De Montfort University (DMU) for the duration of the project.

You will be located at the company's residence for day-to-day responsibilities, focused on delivering the agreed KTP project plan.

The DMU Academic Team will be in close contact with you to supervise and transfer their knowledge and experience.

There are management meetings every four months to ensure the project is being delivered to specification, and the DMU Knowledge Exchange Team will also provide ongoing support and guidance to the KTP Associate.

Progress your career 

Undertaking a KTP can greatly enhance your career prospects.

A KTP allows you to manage your own challenging project that is central to a company’s strategic development and long-term growth, meaning the tangible benefits of the project can be listed on your CV for future employers to see.

Working with DMU provides the chance to engage with our network of academics and local businesses, whilst the KTP programme offers the chance for national level recognition in the KTP Awards.

Develop your skills 

One of the benefits of becoming part of the nationally recognised KTP scheme is that you can gain personalised on-the-job training and further qualifications.

Associates will be entitled to specific budget to further develop their personal and professional skills, and attend courses that will directly benefit them. 

Mentoring and support

Working on a KTP at DMU provides you with a large support network that can be accessed throughout your project. Each KTP Associate will have a DMU Academic Supervisor to support them throughout the duration of their project, providing access to a wide range of university facilities.

Associates will also have support from an experienced Company Supervisor, a leading figure who will support them in their role.

Furthermore, each project has a KTP Adviser who is an experienced business professional with a wealth of valuable experience.

Direct benefits

KTP is collectively one of the UK’s largest graduate employers, with jobs available throughout the year. Benefits include:

  • Earn a graduate-level salary
  • Fast track and enhance career prospects
  • Access high-quality training and development - with dedicated time and budget available to support
  • As reported in 2014, 58 per cent of associates are offered employment by the host business on completion of their project.*


"On a professional level, the project was a huge success - and I am pleased that we developed a partnership with Arts Council England. With impressive and growing audiences, the project has provided an important underpinning for Phoenix's international positioning. But on a personal level, it's been brilliant too. The KTP gave me a fantastic opportunity to have strategic influence on the organisation, which has helped me to develop my leadership skills in the arts, culture and related business sectors."

Katie Flaherty, KTP Associate, Phoenix 2012


Contact us

Knowledge Exchange Team

T: +44 (0)116 207 8455


*KTP Achievements and Outcomes Report 2014



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