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Award-winning graduate partnership helps local businesses

Published: Friday, 18 March 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Businesses are bringing in graduates to help complete special projects as part of a partnership with Staffordshire University.

The partnership, which is between a business, an associate and a university, can last up to three years and funding is helped supplemented by a government grant.

Graduates become employed by companies as ‘associates’ to help with the growth of their business in certain areas, such as tech and engineering, these agreements are known as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP).

A window and door manufacturer local to Staffordshire University called Lister Trade Frames took advantage of a KTP to help improve the IT systems within their business.

The company took on a graduate to help revitalise and improve their ‘out-dated’ computer system over a two-year period.

Improvement of the business

The business would have been in trouble had they not taken sufficient steps to upgrade their system, after approaching Staffordshire University with the problem a qualified associate was chosen to help ensure the success of the project.

The university offered all its facilities and support to ensure the business got what it needed, the project has meant that the company can now offer their trade customers a significantly better service in IT.

More services

Staffordshire University has other services available to businesses across the region, including delivering higher apprenticeships, which leads to a nationally recognised qualification the equivalent of a degree.

Such schemes are offered across a variety of sectors including IT, software and web, advanced manufacturing, health care and plans are in place to introduce digital technology to the list as well.

Professional development courses are also in place, with around 66 new private sector businesses joining the university to develop their staff in areas such as leadership, telecommunications and project management.

The university offers the schemes with the belief that the students are key to the economic development of the area and can drive the area forward by upskilling people. 

For graduate schemes across a range of locations, visit Grad Plus today

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