The vast majority of people in Ireland would be in favour of basic DIY skills being added in some shape or form to the Irish secondary school curriculum according to a poll carried out by the AA.
The AA has a first-hand interest in the subject having just launched a new subscription based service for home emergencies such as burst pipes, broken down boliers and faulty electrics called AA Home Emergency Response.
Of a group of 11,000 people polled by AA Home Emergency Response, 90% either completely or somewhat agreed that the valuable life skills should be taught to pupils with many suggesting transition year as a good opportunity to do so. Just 2% of those polled said they were strongly opposed to the notion.
“It is amazing how many of us don’t have the first clue about how to carry out a simple task like changing a tap-washer or bleeding a radiator.” Says AA’s Conor Faughnan. “Even wiring a plug is very simple when you know how to do it but impossible and even dangerous if you don’t.”
A quarter of all respondents polled said they’re completely clueless about DIY. While in the minority compared to the 60% of respondents who described themselves as either somewhat or very good at DIY, further poll results generated by AA Home Emergency Response suggest that it could be a dying art among younger generations.
One of the major barriers identified by those poll participants under the age of 35 vis à vis DIY was having no one to teach them the basics according to AA Home Emergency Response. A third of those within this age category who cannot do DIY said it’s because they’ve never had the opportunity to learn compared to 14% of those over the age of 65 and 19% of those aged between 55 and 65 years.
The under 35s were also quicker to admit that laziness and a general lack of interest were to blame for their nonexistent DIY skills.
ABOUT AA HOME EMERGENCY RESPONSE
AA Home Emergency Response cover is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no call-out charges and for work carried out under the policy, parts and labour are guaranteed. Cover is available to both existing AA members and non members. For further details including a dedicated Q&A section visit: www.aaireland.ie/HER.
Fig. 1 (A) Are you a ‘DIY King/Queen’ or a ‘DIY Disaster’? Please indicate on the scale below how you would describe your DIY abilities. (Based on 11,093 responses)
|Not very good||24.8%|
|None of the above||1.1%|
Fig. 1 (B) Are you a ‘DIY King/Queen’ or a ‘DIY Disaster’? Please indicate on the scale below how you would describe your DIY abilities. (Based on 6463 responses from MALE participants)
|Not very good||18.8%|
|None of the above||0.7%|
Fig. 1 (C) Are you a ‘DIY King/Queen’ or a ‘DIY Disaster’? Please indicate on the scale below how you would
describe your DIY abilities. (Based on 4,577 responses from FEMALE participants)
|Not very good||33.2%|
|None of the above||1.8%|
SPLIT BY AGE:
Fig. 1 (D) Are you a ‘DIY King/Queen’ or a ‘DIY Disaster’? Please indicate on the scale below how you would
describe your DIY abilities. (Based on 11,093 responses)
|17-24 yrs (223 responses)||25-35 yrs (2,072 responses)||36 to 45 yrs (2,836 responses)||45 to 55 yrs (3,039 responses)||55 to 65 yrs (1,896 responses)||65+ years (1109 responses)|
|Not very good||25.8%||23.5%||25.2%||24.9%||24.9%||25.2%|
|None of the above||0.9%||0.7%||0.8%||1.2%||2.0%||1.4%|
Fig. 2 (A) What those who indicated that mediocre/poor at DIY attributed their lack of skills (Based on
|My hectic lifestyle||11.6%|
|Lack of interest||22.4%|
|No one to teach me||26.5%|
|A lack of confidence||31.5%|
|Prefer to leave it to the professionals||39.9%|
Fig. 2 (B) What MALE respondents who indicated that mediocre/poor at DIY attributed their lack of
skills (Based on 2072 responses)
|My hectic lifestyle||11.0%|
|Lack of interest||23.1%|
|No one to teach me||25.0%|
|A lack of confidence||32.3%|
|Prefer to leave it to the professionals||40.2%|
Fig. 2 (C) What the FEMALE respondents who indicated that mediocre/poor at DIY attributed their lack
of skills (Based on 2202 responses)
|My hectic lifestyle||12.3%|
|Lack of interest||21.8%|
|No one to teach me||27.8%|
|A lack of confidence||30.7%|
|Prefer to leave it to the professionals||39.6%|
SPLIT BY AGE:
|17-24 yrs (98 responses)||25-35 yrs (804 responses)||36 to 45 yrs (1,148 responses)||45 to 55 yrs (1,156 responses)||55 to 65 yrs (691 responses)||65+ years (364 responses)|
|My hectic lifestyle||13.3%||14.6%||13.5%||13.4%||6.7%||1.9%|
|Lack of interest||35.7%||28.9%||24.6%||19.6%||16.5%||18.7%|
|No one to teach me||31.6%||34.6%||32.8%||22.9%||18.8%||14.0%|
|A lack of confidence||24.5%||31.2%||32.0%||33.8%||30.5%||25.0%|
|Prefer to leave it to the professionals||38.8%||34.2%||34.8%||38.8%||48.6%||55.2%|
Fig. 3 To what extent poll respondents agreed/disagreed that basic DIY skills should be taught in the Irish school system? (Based on 10, 930 responses)