Exciting job opportunities are being created for graduates to progress their careers thanks to partnerships secured by Wrexham Glyndwr University.
The University is forging Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), part-funded by the Welsh Government, which enable firms to transfer and introduce expertise from the academic world into their business.
They create employment openings for graduates to go on to develop new products and processes, improving competitiveness, productivity and performance for the business.
Wrexham Glyndwr’s Enterprise team has secured two (KTPs) so far this year, and is waiting on a bid for a third which was submitted in April.
During their employment at the business, graduates are mentored and supported by an academic team with access to facilities at their institution.
One of Wrexham Glyndwr’s current KTPs is with Corwen-based Envirohire Ltd, a firm developing and launching new testing equipment which assesses the heat collection network in ground source heating systems.
Thanks to the KTP with Envirohire, a recruitment search has been launched to fill a fixed-term vacancy for a Renewable Instrumentation Development Manager.
This role will see the successful applicant working at the forefront of a project helping the fight against climate change.
The university’s other current KTP is with Wrexham-based UnimaQ Ltd, developing and launching new technology training and support packages into the can-production industry.
Laura Gough, Head of Enterprise at Wrexham Glyndwr, said: “Here at Wrexham Glyndwr University we are committed to working with and collaborating with industry.
“We do this across many different areas, and in the last year we have really dedicated time to creating new projects and partnerships.
“Part of this was a commitment to re-engage with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, which provide industry with the opportunity to work with universities on strategic projects, which are subsidised through funding from Innovate UK and/or Welsh Government.
“We are extremely pleased that our hard work is paying off, submitting our first KTP application in over six years with UnimaQ Ltd in October 2020, then our second with Envirohire Ltd in January this year.
“Both projects were successful in the application stages, with the UnimaQ projects starting in May and leading us to recruit currently for the Envirohire project.
“We haven’t stopped there however, as we submitted one further application in April which is currently being assessed, and we have a number of potential projects in the pipeline for the coming months.
“KTPs are a fantastic way for businesses to grow, innovate and/or diversify, and we want to provide the support and expertise to take these projects forward.”
Geoff Ellison, Chairman of Envirohire Ltd, added: “Heat pumps are at the forefront of the Government’s strategy to combat climate change.
“Domestic emissions alone account for 15 per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“With fossil fuel boilers being banned from the 270,000 annual new build properties from 2025, massive growth in the heat pump sector is a certainty.
“Quality control of the heat collection system, installed in the ground, is essential for efficient utilisation of this renewable resource and we intend to develop and bring to market a product which will increase confidence in the technology.
“The successful candidate will be in a perfect position to develop a business, and their career, in the renewable energy sector and make a major contribution in combating climate change.”
The vacancy with Envirohire Ltd can be found on the Wrexham Glyndwr University website at https://jobs.glyndwr.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=2021503
Laura Gough, Head of Enterprise at Wrexham Glyndwr.