Free courses available to help people to boost their number confidence

The free courses show people how to use numbers in everyday settings

Woman in supermarket with Multiply logo

Two free courses which aim to help adults improve their number confidence and reduce costs are running at venues across the county over the next couple of months.

The courses are open to anyone aged 19 and over who either doesn’t have a maths GCSE at grade C/4 or equivalent, or who has lost their skills with numbers.

They are being offered by Multiply – a three-year government-funded programme to help adults in Leicestershire improve their numeracy skills and use them in everyday settings in practical ways.

In the Cook, Meet and Eat course, participants are shown how numbers are used in cooking. They get to create a nutritious, low-cost meal with free recipe cards and ingredients provided and learn some top tips on how to reduce food costs.

The Keeping Tabs of Costs course helps people to budget better by showing how to compare prices to get the best value and keep track of costs.

Both courses are running between now and the end of March. Cook, Meet and Eat is running at the Polish Social Club in Loughborough, Venture House in Melton Mowbray, The Hub in Syston and Moira Village Hall.

Keeping Tabs of Costs is open for enrolments at Coalville Library, Hinckley Library, and at the Moira Centre and Fearon Hall, both in Loughborough.

More information and sign-ups are available by calling 0800 988 0308 or online. 

Numeracy is a vital skill that has so many practical applications in everyday life, and boosting numeracy skills improves lives.

These two free courses show people how to use numbers in everyday settings and are an enjoyable and practical way to boost number confidence, with no scary classroom maths.

We’re almost at the end of the second year of our Multiply programme, which has helped hundreds of people to boost their confidence with numbers and improve their skills.

Leicestershire County Council was awarded £3 million in government funding for the programme, which has allowed it to deliver hundreds of free courses, workshops and support, to adults who do not already have a GCSE grade C/4 or higher in maths or equivalent and need to improve their numeracy skills.

Multiply is led by the county council’s Adult Learning Service, working with partners including further education colleges and training providers, charitable and voluntary groups, and employers to deliver free numeracy courses and programmes throughout the county.

Multiply courses are available across Leicestershire in person or online, at work or at home, either on a part-time or intensive basis.

More information on the programme is available on our Multiply website.

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