techUK and the Office for Quantum are delighted to jointly host the Quantum Skills Taskforce Workshop on Monday 12 February. The workshop will be used to better understand industry views on:
- the skills needs of the UK quantum sector;
- how these needs could change over the next five to ten years;
- the scale of demand for key skills and occupations; and
- the education, training, and other pathways that could be used to meet these skills needs.
Quantum technologies offer profound and transformative economic, social, and security opportunities for the UK. These could impact on many areas of our lives, from improving healthcare and speeding up drug discovery, to supporting efforts to tackle climate change and helping to keep the UK safe. Securing the appropriate talent and skills within the UK will be vital to realising these opportunities, which is why this is a central goal of the National Quantum Strategy.
The global demand for quantum skills has grown dramatically over recent years and is likely to continue growing with further public and private investment in quantum. There is also clear evidence that a more diverse range of skills will be needed as the sector develops, particularly for engineering and technician roles. The Quantum Skills Taskforce has been established to help ensure the sector can access the skills it needs to grow, through improved collaboration between industry, academia, learned societies and government.
This will be an in-person event with space limited to 60 participants. If over-subscribed, participants will be prioritised to ensure a spread of knowledge, experience, and interest areas are represented. If there is significant demand, we may consider holding a subsequent virtual workshop for those not able to attend in-person.
Due to limited capacity booking a ticket will only register your interest for this workshop and should not be considered a confirmation. We will reach out to confirm attendees shortly. Please note contact details will be shared between techUK and DSIT to confirm attendees
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Rory joined techUK in June 2023 after three years in the Civil Service on its Fast Stream leadership development programme.
During this time, Rory worked on the Government's response to Covid-19 (NHS Test & Trace), school funding strategy (Department for Education) and international climate and nature policy (Cabinet Office). He also tackled the social care crisis whilst on secondment to techUK's Health and Social Care programme in 2022.
Before this, Rory worked in the House of Commons and House of Lords alongside completing degrees in Political Economy and Global Politics.
Today, he is techUK's Programme Manager for Emerging Technologies, covering dozens of technologies including metaverse, drones, future materials, robotics, blockchain, space technologies, nanotechnology, gaming tech and Web3.0.
Laura is techUK’s Head of Programme for Technology and Innovation.
She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies, including Quantum Computing, High-Performance Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies, across the UK. As part of this, she works alongside techUK members and UK Government to champion long-term and sustainable innovation policy that will ensure the UK is a pioneer in science and technology
Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally as a conference researcher and producer covering enterprise adoption of emerging technologies. This included being part of the strategic team at London Tech Week.
Laura has a degree in History (BA Hons) from Durham University, focussing on regional social history. Outside of work she loves reading, travelling and supporting rugby team St. Helens, where she is from.
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