Go forth and multiply

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning has been taking its Multiply Bus on the road to publicise free courses available to help people improve their numeracy skills.

Multiply is a new government-funded programme to help adults over 19 who do not already have a maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent) to improve numeracy skills.

The scheme is part of Buckinghamshire Council’s new ‘Opportunity Bucks’ programme. The council said that gaining new skills and qualifications can open a range of opportunities for people, from new jobs to greater confidence in everyday life.

The Multiply Bus roadshow (pictured above) saw visits to 15 local community hotspots in Aylesbury, Chesham, and High Wycombe.

Course providers, tutors, and members of the Buckinghamshire Adult Learning team were on hand to promote the free Multiply workshops, give people the opportunity to speak face-to-face with an expert and find the right course for them.

During the two-week Multiply Bus roadshow, about 100 residents registered their interest in a variety of workshops and courses.

Visitors including Joseph Baum, deputy cabinet member for education & children’s services, Cllr Arif Hussain, Mayor of High Wycombe, and Rob Butler MP for Aylesbury, joined the bus at different locations.

Joseph Baum, deputy cabinet member for skills, said: ‘Visiting the Multiply Bus in Aylesbury was a great opportunity to see, first-hand, how local people are being engaged and encouraged to improve their confidence with numbers.

‘By promoting the free numeracy courses available as part of the Multiply initiative, the team shared how anyone could benefit from improving their maths skills to support their daily life; from making the most out of money, to getting a new job.’

Anita Cranmer, Cabinet Member for Education & Children’s Services added: ‘The Multiply programme is a fantastic way to showcase how anyone interested in improving their everyday maths skills or looking to boost their confidence with numbers can benefit from the free Multiply workshops.

‘Numbers are unavoidable in everyday life and improving maths skills can help with tasks such as managing shopping budgets, understanding bills and helping children with homework.’

Find out more about the online Buckinghamshire Adult Learning Multiply workshops, or for more information about all courses available, email multiply@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or text / call 07977 155 937.