Repose Furniture has joined forces with the University of Wolverhampton as part of the University’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project.
As part of the partnership, recent graduate James Hewlett has joined the Repose team on a three year internship as an industrial designer.
KTP’s have been used successfully by major manufacturing businesses by utilising leading edge technology and research within the academic sector to bring about cutting edge change within UK industry.
The project will support Repose as it adopts the latest in digital engineering and design technology to assist the company with new product development, productivity and growth while maintaining their high levels of quality.
Hewlett said: “I have recently graduated from my BDes (Hons) in Product Design with a 1:1 and the opportunity to work within an organisation such as Repose is invaluable to me.
“I initially heard about Repose when I was researching possible placements on the University website and saw they were looking for a KTP Associate.
“After speaking to people at the University, I conducted some research on Repose and only read positive reviews and also liked the fact that it is a family business and their products really make a difference to the customer’s quality of life and independence.”
Repose’s managing director Lisa Wardley added: “We are delighted to be able to offer James the chance to work with us following his degree.
“People such as James are the future of British manufacturing and it is down to us as manufacturers to work with universities and invest the time and money to provide opportunities such as this.
“The KTP is beneficial to both parties as it will enable us to learn about new processes and the latest technological advances.”
The KTP programme is a three-way project between a graduate, an organisation and a university and is supported by the UK Government through Innovate UK.