A Government-backed scheme offering free maths courses for local residents has been hailed a success following the end of its first year.
Over 400 people in North East Lincolnshire enrolled on a course through one of the four approved training providers. Almost half of these signed up to an accredited course offering a qualification on completion, whilst the remaining students chose a course aimed at simply improving their confidence in using numeracy skills.
The courses, which are for to anyone aged 19 and over, is part of the Government’s Multiply programme. Multiply is aimed at helping those who do not hold a maths GCSE or grade C equivalent, and is designed to build confidence in the subject as well as offering learners the opportunity to gain a qualification if they wish.
In North East Lincolnshire, the programme is being managed by North East Lincolnshire Council and delivered by four providers: The Equality Practice, TEC Partnership, Learning for Life, and Creating Positive Opportunity.
Councillor Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council and portfolio holder for skills, said:
“This scheme has proven to be a popular option for those seeking to boost their numeracy skills and potentially unlock new career options.
“From the very start we’ve done a lot of work with partners here to ensure that residents could access the courses in a hassle-free way.
“We’re now looking ahead to the second year of delivering these courses and I would encourage anyone seeing to build on their maths skills to explore this opportunity.”
To find out about the opportunities available locally through the Multiply programme, check out Multiply courses in your area.