Residents could improve their numeracy skills and gain confidence to tackle everyday budgeting or get a new job, with a new free maths programme launched in the Royal Borough this week.
The sessions have been created by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and partner training providers for people aged 19 years and over who do not have GSCE maths at grade C or the equivalent.
Designed to help with everyday activities like shopping and cost of living issues, the plans are to provide one-off sessions at various locations around the borough, and online.
A series of sessions of up to 12 weeks in length, are also planned during the three years the assistance is available. These sessions will be designed to improve specific skills, like budgeting, helping children with homework or a particular aspect of a job role.
The courses are set to cater for varying degrees of ability including beginners and those who want to gain qualifications like a GCSE or Functional Skills Qualifications.
The government funded Multiply programme is to help adults improve their numeracy skills. This adds to council’s work supporting skills and employability.
Councillor Andrew Johnson, council leader and cabinet member for growth and opportunity, said: “Numbers can be scary for many people with just the mention of a maths lesson enough to make people switch off.
“But especially now, numbers are so important in everyday life as we all need to be more careful with the money we have. We also need to support our children in their education, their view of maths and how important it is in their everyday life.
“If you lack confidence in your maths skills, are keen to access a better job, or want to learn some practical skills to make the most of your money and time, then please have a look at the different free Multiply workshops on offer and sign up.
“The courses could make a real difference to you every day, or even change your life.”
To view and register for our community learning courses please visit www.webenrol.com/ebclass or call 01753 476611.
To view and register for courses from other providers, including online, visit www.windsor-forest.ac.uk/multiply or call 01753 793288.
More information about the Multiply programme, where you can also test yourself with a quick quiz to brush up on your numbers, is here - skillsforlife.campaign.gov.uk/courses/multiply.
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