Meet the youngest ever computer specialist
A schoolboy has become the world's youngest qualified computer specialist after passing a Microsoft Windows exam at the age of just five.
Ayan Qureshi has only just started primary school, but passed the test at Birmingham City University to become a Microsoft Certified Professional.
In doing so he has set a new world record for the youngest person ever to pass a Microsoft exam - at the age of five years and 11 months, beating the previous record held by six-year-old Mehroz Yawar from Pakistan.
Ayan was first introduced to computers when he was just three, by his father Asim, 43, who soon realised his son's natural aptitude for technology.
The IT consultant then built his son a computer lab at the family's home in Coventry, West Midlands and started preparing Ayan for the complex Microsoft test.
After just five months training, Ayan sat the 'Supporting Windows 8.1' assessment for IT professionals alongside several adult candidates, even though at five he will not be able to work for another eight years.
Ayan breezed through the two hour exam in September and even finished with time to spare before finding out shortly afterwards he had passed.
The test is normally taken just before or after university by young adults aiming to be information technology technicians.
Sections of the assessment included multiple choice, fill in the blanks, drag and drop, and several scenario based questions.
The computer based outline test examined the applicants' knowledge of hardware, software, and their understanding of how Windows works.
According to employment laws, the youngest age a child can work part-time is 13, except children involved in areas such as acting and modelling, who can work as long as they have a performance licence.
Children over 13 can work for 12 hours a week in term time, and 25 during school holidays.