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Multiply in Essex: More free courses on offer to help residents boost their number skills

Education: Secondary / Fri 15th Mar 2024 at 07:37am

THOUSANDS of new opportunities for residents to boost their number skills will be on offer, as the second phase of a £7.9 million skills programme gets underway.

Essex County Council’s Multiply programme has already offered bite-sized maths training to more than 3,000 adults aged 19 and over across Essex.

The campaign, which gained support from consumer champion, Matt Allwright and TV presenter and maths guru, Johnny Ball, has now entered its second phase, which will see 4,000 plus new opportunities created through to March 2025.

Delivered by a network of college and education providers, Multiply courses focus on everything from assisting residents to gain qualifications, progressing at work, managing their finances and helping children with their schoolwork.

At least 800 of the latest opportunities will be targeted to businesses, helping them upskill their workforce.

Councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said: “Multiply is about empowering adults in Essex with better understanding of maths and an increased confidence in working with numbers in their everyday life. This can give you the right tools to manage your money, help your children at school and get a better job.

“The programme has so far proved a huge success, with flexible learning opportunities on offer and a course for everyone, from beginners through to more advanced offers such as GCSE maths.

“We’re looking forward to building on this success as we enter phase two of the campaign, expanding to engage with even more businesses, while continuing to support residents of Essex to become more confident with numbers.”

The £7.9 million Multiply in Essex programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

The programme seeks to address the crucial skills gap in Essex, where adult numeracy ranks lower compared to the national average. Multiply in Essex aims to raise skills and attainment in maths up to NVQ2 (GCSE grade 4 to 9 or A* to C) for adults aged 19 and over.

Residents and businesses can find out more and sign up to a course on the Essex Opportunities website.

Alongside Multiply, Essex County Council the Essex Year of Numbers is also ongoing.

This is a countywide campaign that aims to inspire a love of learning, with a focus on numeracy.

It features a year of exciting learning opportunities, fun events and initiatives aimed at children aged up to 18-years-old.

Find out more at https://www.essex.gov.uk/news/essex-year-of-numbers.

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