Multiply is a national programme with the overall objective of increasing the levels of functional numeracy in the adult population across the UK. It offers adults who do not already have a GCSE grade C/4 or higher in Maths or equivalent and need to improve their numeracy free flexible courses that fit around their lives.
The project ultimately aims to help adults improve their ability to understand and use maths in daily life, home, and work – from household finances, to helping children with homework, to making more sense of the facts in the media and improving employability / job prospects.
In partnership with Lancashire County Council, TLC is working with eight colleges who are delivering Multiply in Lancashire. They are: Blackpool and The Fylde College, Burnley College, Lancaster and Morecambe College, Myerscough College, the Nelson and Colne College Group, Preston College, Runshaw College and West Lancashire College.
The colleges are working across Lancashire to offer:
- Courses designed to increase confidence with numbers for those needing the first steps towards formal numeracy qualifications.
- Courses designed to help people use numeracy to manage their money.
- Innovative numeracy programmes delivered together with employers – including courses designed to cover specific numeracy skills required in the workplace.
- Courses aimed at people who can’t apply for certain jobs because of lack of numeracy skills and/or to encourage people to upskill in numeracy in order to access a certain job/career.
- New intensive and flexible numeracy courses targeted at people without Level 2 maths, leading to a Functional Skills Qualification.
- Courses for parents wanting to increase their numeracy skills in order to help their children, and help with their own progression.
- Numeracy courses aimed at prisoners, those recently released from prison or on temporary licence.
- Numeracy courses aimed at those 19 or over that are leaving, or have just left, the care system.
- Numeracy activities, courses or provision developed in partnership with community organisations and other partners aimed at engaging the hardest to reach learners.
- Additional relevant maths modules embedded into other vocational courses.