£270 million is to be invested in new Maths courses aimed at Adults looking to improve their numeracy skills and benefit from a helping to level up opportunities for more people to progress and get good, well-paid jobs.
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. Courses are expected to be available this autumn in person or online, at work or at home, and either on a part time or intensive basis. These courses will equip adults across the UK with the numeracy skills they need to fulfil their potential.
Investment in New Maths Courses
Minister for Skills Alex Burghart said:
As the son of a maths teacher, I know that, with the right support, everyone can do maths. That is why making sure everyone has good maths and numeracy skills is central to the mission of this government.
Poor numeracy holds people back in their lives and careers. Multiply will be a launchpad for people to progress into better paid jobs that will help our economy grow.
This £270 million of government funding will unlock potential and level up opportunities for people across the country. We will give this money to local areas based on need so they can find the right solutions for their communities.
There is already help available for adults to improve maths and numeracy skills including fully funded maths courses up to GCSE to enable people to get the maths skills they need.
Multiply will build on this by offering a range of free training options helping people to build their confidence with maths in their everyday and working lives.
The funding announced for England is part of a £2.6 billion investment through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which is designed to help spread opportunity and level up the country. Up to £559 million in total will be invested across the UK to support the delivery of the government’s Multiply programme.