By Denna Bowman
Changing tyres, hanging wallpaper and even wiring a plug are just a few of the everyday modern tasks that leave a million Brits confused and helpless, according to a new survey.
Dubbed PLEBS – People Lacking Everyday Basic Skills – these people are even flummoxed by flat-pack furniture instructions and have no idea how credit card interest is calculated.
The findings come from a survey carried out by WorldSkills London, an organisation hoping to teach Brits how to compete basic tasks at a special skills Olympics later this year.
It quizzed 2,023 people and found that 57 per cent admitted they could not change a car tyre, 51, per cent did not know how to hang wallpaper and 50 per cent confessed they could not even put a shelf up.
Aidan Jones, Executive Director of WorldSkills London, called on PLEBS who want to reform their ways to attend one of the ‘invaluable’ events lined up by Worldskills London in the coming months.
In an article featured in the Daily Mail he said: “While London will host the WorldSkills London 2011 competition in the autumn, showcasing how skills shape our world and some of the best of the world’s skill talent, we’re also using this as an opportunity to inspire the whole of the UK about their future career possibilities.
“Between now and October, we’re urging everyone to get involved in the ‘Worldskills London 2011 Have a Go’ movement and try a new skill – it could prove invaluable.”