Benefits for your business
UK-based businesses of any size, including not-for-profit organisations such as social enterprises and charities, are eligible to be involved in a KTP.
Taking part in a KTP can help your business solve a challenge by giving you access to expertise and resources that you don’t have in-house. They can improve your business processes and performance, helping you to become more competitive and productive.
The National Composites Centre is an independent, open-access technology centre delivering world-class research and development of composite materials. We can offer businesses access to the latest technology and provide technical expertise from our pool of 450 composites engineers. Every KTP also has a dedicated Knowledge Transfer Advisor from
Funding for KTPs
KTPs are part-funded by Innovate UK grants, subsidising the delivery of a package of support with a total value of around £80,000 to £100,000 per year. This includes the costs of the associate’s salary, mentoring, training and development.
KTP will pay:
- 75% of project costs for not-for-profit businesses of any size (so business pays ~£20k to £25k per year)
- 67% of project costs for micro, small and medium-sized businesses (so business pays £27k-£33k per year)
- 50% of project costs for large businesses (so business pays ~ £40k to £50k per year)
Businesses will need to fund the remaining cost of the project but can normally use research and development (R&D) tax relief to recoup some of these costs. In order to access R&D tax relief, businesses will need to speak with their accountant or seek other professional advice.
The size of your business is determined by several factors, which will be discussed in detail if you make an application, including number of employees, turnover, location, and if the business is part of group of businesses.
Benefits for graduates
KTP is one of the UK’s largest graduate recruitment programmes, with over 300 job opportunities each year for graduates (known as ‘associates’) to lead KTP projects. One of the major benefits for graduates is that successful completion of a KTP project often leads to a permanent technical or management role with the partner business.
Every associate is given a dedicated training and development budget that supports their development training that is specifically required for the project, as well as training that helps the all-round development of the associate.
We will advertise all of our KTP roles on this website page and successful applicants will have an employment contract with the National Composites Centre, rather than the business directly, even though they will primarily be embedded within the business for between one and three years, depending on the project. This means that they have access to all of our employment benefits.
Find out more
More information on KTPs is available for businesses and graduates on the Innovate UK KTN KTP website.
You can also contact the NCC to find out more about our KTP opportunities.