Adults in North Lincolnshire who want to improve their numeracy skills can now sign up for free courses to help boost their job prospects.
The courses are funded with government cash as part of the Levelling-Up agenda – recognising that people with better numeracy skills are more likely to be in employment, have higher wages, and enjoy better wellbeing.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is great that people here in North Lincolnshire will directly benefit from this latest example of levelling-up.
“Anyone who wants to take part to improve their numeracy skills can do so through the Multiply programme; these skills will help them in both their daily lives and work. This government cash means we can run these courses for free to those attending, it is really great way for people to improve their job prospects.”
North Lincolnshire Council has been awarded the cash boost from the £2.6 billion UK Shared Prosperity Fund to offer the courses designed to meet the needs of the local community through the rollout of the Government’s flagship Multiply programme.
Multiply will offer 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.
Cllr Waltham added: “The programme means a lot for North Lincolnshire businesses too. Working with their employees, they will be able to boost their productivity and improve employee retention by supporting their staff to improve their confidence with numbers.”
“I know times are currently challenging for some but the level of commitment from both the government and the council to improve North Lincolnshire mean exciting times ahead for our economy and our people.”
Number Confidence Week runs from 7-11 November – during the week the Adult Education and Community Learning team will be visiting community hubs throughout North Lincolnshire to talk to people about how Multiply can help them.
To find out more visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/multiply