The technology industry needs to support the education system if digital skills are to be taught effectively, according to Ed Vaizey.
The minister for Culture with responsibility for Digital Industries said that businesses in the sector need to get involved in the education and development of skills to create potential future employees.
Speaking at a Tech London Advocates event attended by V3, Vaizey said: "The tech sector is leading the way in creating a new way of learning.
"In this industry, because it changes so fast and because your skills need to be so up to date, you can't now go into university and just disappear for three years.
"You have to have a relationship with employers, and employers have to be part of your education."
Vaizey went on to stress the importance of developing new ways of approaching traditional education to address this situation.
"We're looking not just at apprenticeships but at degrees that basically morph the world of work with the world of education," he explained.
Vaizey believes that, despite access to technology, children need to be more involved in the creation of technology and software, rather than simply using it as a tool.
"Too many kids are learning how to use applications in school, but not how to build them," he said.
Vaizey added that there is "quite a lot of jargon" in the technology sector that makes it difficult to generate enthusiasm and understanding among children, which will need to be addressed by government, industry and education in partnership.
The minister also outlined the government's objective to improve broadband and wireless communication infrastructure across the UK, as well as taking measures to build momentum around pioneering work on the Internet of Things.
He also declared that the government will continue to support technology businesses by encouraging investment and ensuring they have access to skills from outside the European Union.
Vaizey praised the east London Tech City for its impact on the UK's technology industry.
"When Tech City first started in 2010, I was a bit sceptical; I thought it was just the government picking a winner," he said.
"But actually, I think Tech City has acted as a beacon to promote the tech sector and encourage investors to come to the UK."
Technology is a major part of the government's objectives, and the situation is likely to continue after the 2015 General Election.
All three major parties have thrown their political weight behind the TechUK manifesto that outlines an agenda to cement Britain's future as a technology leader.
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