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Release date- 22082013 - A SUNDERLAND software graduate has helped a North East print company generate
The result was a
Now Imprint is one of the biggest suppliers of digitally printed promotional material for retail marketing campaigns and Kris has a full-time role as a software engineer with the Newcastle-based company after delivering a successful KTP.
KTPs are designed to provide businesses with access to university expertise, including academic, consultancy and qualified graduate placements, allowing business to develop new products, services and processes.
Kris, 24, from Fulwell, Sunderland, got involved in the KTP in the final year of his BSc Computing degree after a lecturer asked him if he'd be interested in applying to become a project associate.
He said: 'During the project I gained a great two years' experience in the field I wished to focus towards, with great challenges and opportunities.
'I'm thoroughly enjoying my time at Imprint, the working environment and atmosphere of the business in IT is lively and challenging and with various projects underway or planned for the future means there's always more to look forward to.
'I will be working on maintaining the systems created during the project as well as building/improving upon them to improve integration across the organisation.'
Imprint was suffering from bottlenecks and some inefficiencies in their processes, and the KTP was designed to give the company access to the latest knowledge and expertise from the University's
Kris's efforts, alongside another Sunderland software graduate
'At the time we didn't possess the tools to do what we wanted to do and couldn't find all the software we needed, so made a strategic decision to employ our own software developers and design software which was bespoke to our clients' requirements.
'I got in touch with the
'Since Kris joined us in 2011 he's been fantastic, bringing with him new technologies which have helped transform the way we work. The KTP has helped satisfy the needs of our company in the long term and simultaneously given a graduate a new career path.'
To support the investment in new print technology the business moved into a purpose built production facility in Newcastle, where they continue to be a centre of excellence for large format digital print. Imprint is investing and developing their IT solutions to support their new and existing clients by delivering added value services to their business.
Graeme added: 'The company goal is now to provide a service rather than just a product and significant progress has already been made in this direction.
'The infrastructure to support IT development with the help of Kris and Tommy has now been in place for two years and we have developed a number of applications that have been successfully introduced to clients such as online ordering, job tracking, variable data printing and digital asset management libraries.'
'We are delighted that our collaboration with Imprint through this KTP has been such a success and resulted in one of our talented graduates securing full-time employment. We are now working closely with the company on further projects.'
So what advise can Kris offer students considering their options?
'I would advise all current computing students to consider as many options as possible to increase their employability, particularly experience,' he says. 'Participate in the Industrial Placement Year; the additional years' experience alone will help you stand out. I found that the year in industry also gave me more time to reinforce my knowledge and understanding of the various subject areas and help prepare for my final year. I consider it a major factor in my obtaining a First Class degree.
'During the final year I cannot recommend looking into a KTP highly enough. If a KTP is available for your field or interests then definitely do not pass up the chance to be a part of such an incredible scheme.'
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