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Multiply is the government's new £559-million programme, delivered through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which will help transform the lives of adults across the UK by improving their functional numeracy skills through free personal tutoring, digital training, and flexible courses.
Numeracy is the ability to understand and use maths in daily life, home, and work. Having good numeracy skills can help you manage household finances, enable you to support your children with homework, improve your understanding of statistics and facts in the media, and allow you to progress in your job.
People who improve their numeracy skills are more likely to be in employment, have higher wages, and better wellbeing, and will be more able to progress to higher levels of free training to secure a skilled job in our economy.
Businesses who develop their employees' numeracy skills can boost productivity, increase profits, and improve employee retention.
How we're developing our Multiply offer
We're developing our Multiply offer with the other Berkshire Local Authorities (Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council, Slough Borough Council, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham Borough Council), through the Berkshire Placemaking Board, which includes officers from all six authorities.
We are also co-creating our offer alongside the Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Berkshire Placemaking Board and other stakeholders, including further education colleges, training providers, and the voluntary and community sector.
As part of this process, we also need to understand the needs of our residents.
Why we want your views
We'd like your help in developing our Multiply offer for West Berkshire. To be sure we put together an offer that meets the needs of the district, we'd like to know more about your level of numeracy, e.g. what maths qualifications you hold, whether you would like support to improve your numeracy, and if so what that support would look like.
How to take part
If you'd like to take part, please complete our survey by midnight on Friday, 30 September 2022. It should take about 5 minutes.
If you have questions about the survey or the Multiply programme, please contact Mark Browne (School Improvement Advisor - Post 16)
To understand areas of numeracy that you might want to improve, you can take a quick Skills for Life six question quiz.
What happens next
Your feedback will be taken into consideration and used to develop the services we'll provide over the next three years.
Once the Multiply offer is finalised in October 2022 by the Community Learning Team, we'll publish the plan on our Community Learning pages.