Organisations across Australia are being urged to complete a nationwide survey into quantum technology recruitment and training.
Sydney Quantum Academy, a partnership of four universities supported by the NSW Government, has commissioned Snapcracker Research to conduct The Quantum Future Needs Assessment. The Australia-wide study will gauge awareness of emerging quantum technology and the potential barriers to its adoption including staffing needs.
Quantum technologies are set to provide faster and more powerful capabilities across computation, sensing and communication. Quantum computers for instance may be able to solve certain, complex problems considered beyond the reach of today’s most powerful supercomputers.
The study began with an initial design phase with input from current quantum technology users and service providers. Phase two, now underway, involves an online survey targeting a broader set of private and public sector organisations, including potential users from sectors as diverse as resources, finance, logistics and healthcare.
Peter Turner, CEO Sydney Quantum Academy, says now is the time for organisations to have their say so that education and training programs can be fine-tuned to meet industry needs.
“Advances in quantum technology are occurring rapidly with heightened interest and investment worldwide. Australia risks being left behind if the skilled workforce is not in place to develop the technology and aid its adoption,” says Professor Turner.
“Companies need to be developing their understanding and workforce strategies now, with some technologies already in use and others likely to be released over the coming decade.”
NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte says Australia has world leading academic expertise in quantum technology as highlighted in the NSW 20-Year R&D Roadmap.
“Our challenge now is to identify what is needed to capture economic benefits and build a thriving quantum economy. This assessment will help us to identify needs for skills and talent.” says Professor Durrant Whyte.
Sydney Quantum Academy plans to share the outcomes of the study in 2023 to inform education and training programs and assist in broader policy development.
For further information or to complete the online survey visit sydneyquantum.org/needs-assessment.
About Sydney Quantum Academy
SQA is a unique partnership between four world-leading universities – Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney - generously supported by the New South Wales Government. Our vision is to build Australia’s quantum economy. Collaborating with academia, industry and government, SQA harnesses Sydney’s collective quantum expertise to develop diverse talent and a globally recognised quantum ecosystem. sydneyquantum.org
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