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KTP and the Skills Gap

A KTP is a three-way collaboration that benefits all parties:

  • A graduate or post graduate (known as an Associate)
  • A business or a not for profit organisation
  • A university/research institution (Knowledge Base).

KTPs are designed to deliver an innovation project and bring about lasting, transformative change. As a KTP Associate, you lead the project with full support and input from the organisation and the Knowledge Base teams.

KTP is one of the biggest career platforms for talented graduates and post graduates in the UK – to date there have been over 12,000 KTPs in almost every industry sector and in companies of all sizes: in micro-sized business to global organisations such as Unilever and Rolls Royce. Right now, over 100 knowledge bases and over 800 graduates are involved in KTPs.

KTP projects last between 12 months and three years.

Read: KTP for Graduates


At MMU, we have a dedicated team of 9 experts helping with 42?? (On Trello currently) KTP projects. Our projects focus on a range of different topic areas and span across all 4 faculties: Science & Engineering, Business & Law, Health & Education, and Arts & Humanities, and we have a total of 117?? (from what Ceri said) academics from across these faculties supporting KTPs.

Relevance of KTP to the graduate skills gap:

KTPs offer graduates the unique opportunity to develop the skills needed in industry whilst still having access to the university setting and support they are familiar with. KTP associates are not expected to start the project with all the soft skills they need for the workplace, but will have had the opportunity to develop these by the end of the project, both through the work itself and the 10% of time which is dedicated to associate’s training and personal development .