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The NPL Quantum Programme

Quantum skills and learning

Training the next generation

The NPL Quantum Programme (NPLQP) will help train a diverse workforce to deliver economic success. If the UK is to exploit its leadership position in this technology, practical skills on testing and evaluation will be as important as scientific research skills to ensure the successful commercialisation of these technologies. We will provide a range of test and evaluation focused training for scientists, technicians and engineers across a wide spectrum of roles.

An important element of NPL’s Quantum Programme is providing the skills and learning for the next generation of scientists. The NPLQP supports skill development by hosting postgraduates, secondments and apprentices with the aim of raising the quantum skill level in the UK.   The quantum research teams led the way in co-funding, co-supervising and hosting PhD students, and still represent the largest subject area, in what is now a large-scale investment from NPL in a Postgraduate Institute for Measurement Science hosting students across the laboratory. 

Since the beginnings of National Quantum Technology Programme in 2014, NPL has hosted or co-funded 89 PhD students, many of them spending their full doctorate course at NPL embedded in an NPL science team. We have joint appointments in quantum with the University of Strathclyde and Royal Holloway, University of London, helping bring in and retain the best talent for the UK.  Currently NPL is supporting 38 students from 16 different UK universities in fields related to quantum technologies. We also host apprentices as part of their training in NPL. 

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Providing essential quantum skills

We have a free Introduction to Time and Frequency Measurement course. This provides training in time and frequency for anyone interested in the subject, from students, entry-level scientists and engineers, to professionals in many different industry sectors for which time and frequency plays a role.  

We also have an Introduction to clock performance course. This e-learning module will provide intermediate level training to measures of accuracy and stability for clocks. Students will learn about analysis of clock noise, different measurement techniques, uncertainty budgets and clock data sheets 

In the future, we are planning to provide short training modules focusing on areas in quantum technologies designed for engineers or people using this technology, including:  

  • Quantum communications - testing of single photon detectors  
  • Quantum sensors  
  • Quantum computing   
  • Quantum materials   

Please contact us if you would like information about these courses when they are launched. 

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