Partnership shared skills, growth and new jobs

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A PARTNERSHIP between the University of Portsmouth and a Fareham firm has not only led to six students finding jobs, but also business growth for the company.

Called a Short Knowledge Transfer Partnership, the scheme matches students to businesses so both can benefit.

Research specialist Paul Trott led the university’s side of the SKTP, which began in autumn 2010 when the university employed graduate Owen McIntyre on a nine-month contract to carry out the SKTP project with Powertecnique.

Mr McIntyre was hired by the company at the end of the nine-month period. The company’s strong growth led him to be joined by five other graduates in marketing, operations, sales and finance.

Darren Pearce, the firm’s managing director, said: ‘The SKTP has proved extremely beneficial to us, and we greatly value the input of our university colleagues.’