According to a Microsoft study, many teenagers are immersed in technology at home – but are not able to translate this into learning technology skills at school. Such a skills gap is a « major concern » for employers, says Mr Beswick, Microsoft’s director of education. He points out that pupils will have to be able to leave school with adequate skills in information technology which will be required by the jobs market.
The survey claims that 71% of teenagers think that they learn more about information technology outside of school than in formal ICT lessons. This is especially, because most of the teenagers are used to social networking platforms. Those platforms require skills that would be useful to employers, he says, as the users are skilled in collaborating and interacting in a creative way.