The government has allocated £15 million to train the next generation of quantum engineers.

The funding, via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will be used to create a number of quantum technologies "skills hubs" across the UK. The hubs will work in partnership with industry to deliver training and career development programmes for PhD students.

The investment will help make futuristic quantum technologies reality. Image credit: Flickr/Images Money

Business secretary Vince Cable said: "From cameras that can see through smoke to cracking down on internet fraud, quantum technologies are taking innovation to a whole new level and offer an unparalleled opportunity to shape the next generation of high-tech products.

"This £15 million investment will ensure we have the flexible, highly-skilled workforce needed to turn these futuristic ideas into a reality."

Universities, science and cities minister Greg Clark said: "Quantum technologies are set to transform the way we live, pushing the boundaries of knowledge which will benefit healthcare, communications and security.

"Quantum skills will allow us to bring game-changing advantages to future timing, sensing and navigation capabilities, in a sector that could be worth more than £1 billion to the UK economy."

The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme recently published its national strategy to stimulate growth in quantum technologies in the UK. The government says the £15 million supports it.

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