While changing a tyre or knowing how to rustle up a simple meal might seem like standard day to day tasks to many people, it seems that younger generations are struggling to get to grips with becoming a self-sufficient “adult”.
Baby Boomers didn’t have access to the huge array of technology available to youngsters today, meaning that generation grew up with a broader range of practical skills. Now, new report reveals that the skills-gap is widening with every generation.
In fact, youngsters belonging to the Generation Z cohort – widely acknowledged as those born between 1995 and 2014 – are now actually paying for lessons on how to get by as a grown-up.
UK company Bark.com are charging Gen Zers £50 (AU$89) per day for the classes, with professionals working in areas such as accounting, home economics and mortgage advice – offering up their time to teach these essential skills.
Tutors can earn around £100 per one-hour class with a range of topics on offer, including; how to change a tyre, DIY, filing a tax return, preparing for job interviews and how to sew and repair clothes.
Bark co-founder Kai Feller said: “We noticed an increase in requests for professionals who can offer cooking classes, fix basic mechanical problems and provide careers advice, among many other basic life skills that are simply not available in schools.
“Young people are coming out of higher education with gaps in their knowledge and are effectively thrown into the deep end when it comes to ‘adult’ responsibilities, such as creating a budget or filing a tax return.
“We want to fill these gaps and ensure that young people are given the opportunity to learn the skills they need in order to be self-sufficient, successful adults from the moment they leave home.”
Earlier this year a new study conducted by the Good Housekeeping Institute highlighted the fact that young Brits under the age of 34 are in the dark when it comes to performing simple household tasks such as cookery, textile work, metalwork and woodwork.
The study surveyed the abilities of 2000 people carrying out 18 domestic tasks. The study revealed one-third of respondents believed they could shorten a hem, descale an iron, make white sauce and roux. While less than half knew how to bleed a radiator.