Quantum technologies enable completely new applications for numerous industrial sectors. In order to tap the enormous potential and put it into practice, skilled workers are needed. There is a lack of qualified personnel, especially for the transfer from the laboratory to industry and product development. On the one hand, this is where the new quantum engineering degree programmes at the TU Braunschweig and Leibniz Universität Hannover come in. On the other hand, the QTIndu network was launched on January 13. With the participation of the TU Braunschweig, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and the Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS), QTIndu is creating a Europe-wide network for quantum training.

The thirteen European partners are organised into two groups at QTIndu. The first group, including the TU Braunschweig and the PTB, focuses on the demand-oriented development of training formats. The second group, which also includes the alliance Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS), ensures the connection to industry. QTIndu aims to create a Europe-wide advanced training programme for quantum technologies and thus create a central connecting point for various industries and fields of activity.

Customised quantum training

Professor Rainer Müller from the Institute for the Didactics of Natural Sciences at TU Braunschweig presides over the training demand analysis: “The big challenge is to address the diverse sectors and target groups in the right way. Some sectors have already recognised the potential of quantum technologies. What is needed now are very specific training offers for people in research and development. At the same time, we need offers that provide industry decision-makers with an overview of the potential fields of application of quantum technologies.” Based on the demands of the industry, courses are being developed with partner institutions such as the PTB’s Quantum Technology Competence Centre (QTZ) that focus more explicitly on one industrial sector, one profession, or even more specifically, one profession of a particular industrial sector. The courses are then offered and delivered across Europe via the project portal.

About the project

QTIndu is funded within the framework of the Quantum Flagships, the Europe-wide quantum network, and has a project volume of 5.6 million euros. The project started in January 2023 and will run for three years until the end of 2025. In addition to TU Braunschweig and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, the main project partners include Qureca Spain Ltd (project management), TU Delft (Netherlands), the University of Helsinki (Finland) and Aarhus University (Denmark). In addition to Quantum Valley Lower Saxony, partners in the industry network include the Stifterverband, the European Quantum Industry Consortium QuIC, ICFO (Spain), MinacNed (Netherlands), Airbus Defence & Space (Germany) and the Danish Academy for Technical Sciences (Denmark).