During the last week or two I've been tweeting the following:
Got an idea? Don't have time? What if I helped you hire someone, paid 60% of their salary, trained them up? Would that be interesting?
I got a mix of responses and those who pursued it discovered something called the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. The bottom line is that if your business could do with:
- finding an innovative solution
- increasing your competitive advantage
- accessing newly qualified people to build new products
- developing your company in the market
then your local college or university could not only help you find the right person, but help you go through the hiring process, help you access up to 60% funding of their salary and training and provide access to academics within the college or university who can help the new employee hit the ground running.
Taking on a new member of staff is always a risk - but by using a KTP, you can reduce that risk, provide a decent paying job to a recently qualified person and access the resources within a college of university.
If you're interested in hearing more, get in touch with me or comment below. I'll include contacts for KTPs in the universities and colleges below.
Contact for Belfast Metropolitan College - Philomena Devlin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for the University of Ulster - Caroline McCabe - email@example.com
Contact for South West Regional College - Catherine Morris - firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for Southern Regional College - Siobhán Murphy - email@example.com
Contact for Queens University Belfast (QUB) - Mary Flynn - firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for North West Regional College - Colm Cavanagh - email@example.com
Contact for South Eastern Regional College - Rosemary Parker - RParker@serc.ac.uk
Contact for Northern Regional College - Stephen Price - Stephen.Price@nrc.ac.uk