New programme launched to improve adult numeracy skills

Free numeracy training available for those over 19 who do not currently have a maths GCSE at grade C/4 or above.

10 May 2022

The government has launched a new programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills. 

Launched in Spring 2022, Multiply is a £560 million investment into adult numeracy across the UK. By developing the numeracy skills of your workforce, you can increase retention, boost productivity and unlock further training and development opportunities.

Government statistics suggest that up to 17 million adults across the UK have numeracy skills equivalent to that of primary school age children, highlighting the importance of improving numeracy skills across the NHS workforce.

The programme will be available to any adult over 19 who does not currently have a maths GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification) and is intended to be offered either online or in-person on either an intensive or a part-time basis. The programme will be free for those that meet the above criteria.

We would encourage employers to consider advertising the Multiply programme to interested employees once suitable local or online courses have been identified, which are available on this course finder.

Further information on this programme and upcoming platform is available on the Skills for Life website.