Shape the numeracy skills of the future

Closes 30 Jun 2022

Opened 8 Jun 2022


When employees’ numeracy skills improve, everyone wins. Employees have greater job satisfaction, understand what’s going on and are far more likely to take on a challenge. It leads to improved customer relations and communication, internal promotion and greater output.

From arithmetic, percentages, using tables, comparing and calculating areas and measures, to using statistics to more advanced maths for forecasting and financial planning, your employees use numbers every day. Yet we know that 40% of the adult population are under-skilled and definitely underconfident when it comes to numbers.

Talk to a large manufacturing company, and they may say that their ideal front line worker still needs a level of functional numeracy skills, such as being able to calculate discounts and areas and volumes of materials.

Talk to a marketing company, and their ideal might be for their employees not just to have functional maths skills, but even be able to report, which can rely on statistics, geometry, economics, finance and even calculus.

The good news is that there is no such thing as someone who ‘can’t do maths' - most people are under-confident because of a lack of confidence from childhood that has stuck.  But this can be changed, with the right training offered in the right way and with the right encouragement.

The business world has changed so much. With higher expectations, more economic uncertainty and a digital world creating a round-the-clock market, your workforce needs to be more multiskilled.


Why your views matter

From the autumn of this year, the Staffordshire Multiply programme will be investing over £4m to improve the numeracy skills of adults in Staffordshire. By filling in this short survey by 20th June, you can shape how this major investment is spent on free flexible courses. They’ll fit around your employees’ lives and improve the skills you need in your current and future workforce.

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