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.

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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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