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Multiply: Numeracy Skills for Adults

Multiply learner looking at a number worksheet.Whether you are aged 19-99, if you’re looking to boost your confidence with numbers and polish up your maths skills, our new Multiply courses can get you to where you want to be.

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What is Multiply?

Multiply is a national government funded programme aimed to level up opportunities for more people by increasing their confidence with numbers.

Multiply can help you build your numeracy skills, so that you can:

  • improve your job prospects and life changes
  • help your children with school work
  • feel more confident managing your household budgets

We deliver the national programme in Leicestershire, which has received £3 million in government funding, to provide hundreds of free courses and courses and support over the next three years.

The type of courses we offer


  • Cook, Meet & Eat – This 4-week course for 2.5 hours per week, will develop your confidence in cooking and develop your everyday math skills, as well as help you find ways to reduce food costs and be able to find the best deals to beat the cost-of-living crisis, plus you get to take the food home once you have cooked it.
  • Save, Taste, Zero Waste course – This 2-hour session will enable you to reduce your food waste and food costs. You will do a blind taste test and compare the costs of assorted brands; the most expensive option is not always the favourite! You will find out about the scale and cost of food waste and will learn about best before and use by dates and ideas for storing and using food leftovers creatively. Local tips for saving money on food will be shared.
  • Keeping Tab of Costs Course – Learn how to use a tablet or computer to keep track of household expenses. Understand the difference between essential and optional expenses and prioritise them to see what is left for extras such as leisure activities. Find out how to compare prices across different supermarkets and how to see whether offers are as good as they appear to be. Understand how to reduce household bills and access any help which may be available.
  • Numbers for home – Talk about ways to reduce household bills and find out what cost of living support is available to help you manage your money.
  • Applications and Games using maths skills – Using a tablet to explore some of the applications that are available to improve your maths skills in fun and interesting ways.

Who is eligible for a free course?

We offer free flexible courses to adults who need to improve their numeracy skills.

To be eligible, you should:

  • be over the age of 19
  • not already have a GCSE at grade C/4 (or equivalent) in maths,
  • or, you lost the maths skills you need for everyday life or work.

Where do the courses take place?

The courses will be available across Leicestershire:

  • in person or online,
  • at work or at home, and
  • either on a part-time or intensive basis

Anyone who fits the criteria is eligible for help from Multiply, with a particular focus on supporting hard-to-reach learners and those who may not traditionally engage with adult learning courses.

Who provides the training?

Multiply is led by our Adult Learning Service, working with partners including:

  • training providers/FE colleges
  • businesses
  • voluntary organisations
  • community groups

Where to find further support

Further support can be found at:


Managing Money and Number Confidence
Family Learning and Wellbeing
Employment and work-based learning


Learner Voice – Multiply

“I hated Maths at school and numbers really scared me. I wasn’t too sure about joining this project at the start, however once I started it and understood what I was doing. I really enjoyed it and did not feel overwhelmed. [Tutor] helped me understand how income and expenditure work and it made me think about my own. I would now like to enhance my skills more by doing further training. Maths does not scare me anymore.””

Read more about Learner Voice – Multiply