Skillage is an online self-assessment tool that helps people understand the more sophisticated ICT skills needed for the job market.Through a series of 15 questions Skillage challenges the user to understand the areas they could improve upon, and the learning venues where they can get support to do so.
Developed by Telecentre-Europe with the support of Microsoft, the tool is available in 20 European countries. It is available as an online web application (and formatted for web enabled smartphones), and a Facebook application.
What is Skillage?
Skillage is a cross between an employability and ICT skills assessment tool and a training course. Each multiple-choice question has a number of possible answers that explores a particular ICT skill. There are 15 questions and it is estimated that it takes a user around 10-15 minutes to complete the assessment.
The questions are organised into five categories, with 3 questions chosen at random in each category from a pool of questions. The categories are:
social media (and information literacy)
files & filing
The questions and answers are worded (and translated) carefully to challenge the user to consider carefully the skill required and its application in the workplace. It seemingly has ambiguous answers, that test the users’ wider understanding of the issue.
It’s not easy to get a high score, and users will have the correct answer explained to them with its reason.
Who should take the Skillage test?
Skillage is mainly aimed at young people aged 16-24 as it uses their language and is challenging, informative, non-corporate and slick in its technical appearance and performance. However, anyone can take the test and see how well they fare!
A number of studies have highlighted the shortcomings in young peoples’ ICT skills for the modern workplace, and that ICT will be a part of 90% of jobs in the near future.
There is a growing body of education professionals who believe that when young people leave school, their ICT skills have already not kept pace with the changing world of technology. School ICT curricula across Europe does not yet include social media, or the cloud, or many areas of ICT other than basic functional computer use.
» For any inquiries around the tool, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to test your ICT skills today go to: www.skillage.eu and try it out!