New £4.3million investment adds to maths skills at Hucknall and wider Nottinghamshire
The planned three-year funding scheme is set to benefit adults and employers in Nottinghamshire through a government scheme known as Multiply, which aims to improve numeracy skills.
Nottinghamshire County Council will now develop plans to best use these funds to roll out new free maths lessons later this autumn, working with local partners.
Coun Ben Bradley MP (Con), leader of the council and one of the Government’s Continuing Education Ambassadors, said: ‘This planned investment will help us look for even more ways to build skills across the county.
“Being good with numbers is an essential skill because it can really improve job chances and is often a requirement when applying for training or education courses.
“Improving math skills will not only benefit the individual and their ambitions, having a skilled workforce is good news for employers and our economy as well.
“Mathematics is of course part of everyday life, especially in these times of rising costs and more careful money management than ever before.”
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Chris Hobson, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, said: “The research we have carried out to develop a new approach to skills provision in the region has demonstrated that basic computing is the one of the most important skills for businesses, which require people who can perform day-to-day tasks such as understanding invoices and budgeting.
“The Multiply program is therefore a welcome step in the right direction to equip adults with life skills that will help them find long-term employment and support companies in their efforts to boost productivity, which is one of the biggest obstacles to growth right now.”
A new skills survey has also been launched by the board to help develop plans for delivering the new courses.
The aim is that adults who do not have a maths GCSE at grade C (equivalent to grade 4) or above can access free courses in numeracy relevant to their life and work.
Employers will also benefit from boosting the numeracy skills of their workforce through these free and flexible courses.
Councilor Bradley added: “We want to make sure this investment can be targeted to those who will benefit the most, so we’ve launched a short skills survey to help us plan these new courses for later this year.”
The survey will run until June 19 – click here to participate.