10th January 2005




A graduate from the University of Lincoln has gained a permanent role as an industrial supervisor after taking part in a government-funded knowledge transfer scheme.


Jason Forrester (26) from Penn in Wolverhampton completed his Masters degree in Industrial Design and Marketing at the university and took part in the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which was formerly known as the Teaching Company Scheme (TCS).


The scheme encourages graduates to take on roles within small companies and businesses which provide hands-on experience in their field of work and interest.

It forms great experience for the graduate and also provides companies with access to a range of academic expertise.


The scheme incorporates the graduate, the business and the university together and is government-subsidised to improve the potential quality of small local businesses.


Jason was employed by the university to work at Powell Plastics, an injection moulding company in Hull, where he has since taken up a full-time post. He also used his degree to set up an in-house marketing and industrial design department and is currently supervising another KTP graduate who is a teaching company associate at the company.


In terms of experience and exposure, the KTP scheme thrusts you at the forefront of knowledge in running and working in an industrial company, and works as a fast-track management programme, said Jason.


I have gained valuable experience in the background and admin side of working in a business and there is literally no other career move that could supply me with the knowledge and understanding that I have gained on the scheme.


Jason has enormous potential and hes certainly given himself a real hike up the career ladder, added Geoff Matthews, lecturer in Museum and Exhibition Design at the Lincoln School of Architecture and Mr Forresters KTP supervisor.


For more information on the KTP graduate scheme, contact Sally Cuthbert on (01522) 886970 or email scuthbert@lincoln.ac.uk.


Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625 mcross@lincoln.ac.uk