Stoke on Trent College maths' skills.
The free programmes and courses will support working parents who want to help their children and boost their own maths' skills.

Stoke-on-Trent businesses urged to access free training and support as part of Number Confidence campaign

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Stoke on Trent College has partnered with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to encourage businesses across the city to upskill their workforce by accessing free numeracy courses and support.

The initiative was launched to celebrate National Number Confidence Week in November and forms part of the wider Stoke by Numbers campaign.

Stoke by Numbers, which is part of the government’s £560 million national Multiply programme, aims to help adults across Stoke-on-Trent improve their ability to understand and use maths in daily life, including in the workplace.

Courses are fully funded and flexible to limit pressures on existing commitments and are open to all eligible adults across the city. 

This specific campaign focuses on the benefits number confidence can give working parents – from supporting children with their learning and managing household finances, to boosting career prospects.

Lisa Capper MBE, Principal and CEO of Stoke on Trent College who are leading on the programme said: “We know that, across our City, parents are working incredibly hard to raise children, in busy households, whilst working at the same time and sometimes it can be challenging to find time to improve their own skills to help them progress in work but also to help their children with homework and reading, writing and numeracy.

“We are offering these free programmes and courses to support parents who want to help their children and help themselves.”

Employees from all sectors can upskill their futures and boost workplace confidence by accessing the free numeracy courses and support.

Sam Sims, Chief Executive of National Numeracy, said: “Numbers are everywhere in our daily lives, and feeling confident to use them can be a game-changer. It can mean being able to spot a genuine bargain at the shops, apply for a new job, or help your kids with their homework.

“Feeling confident with numbers makes it easier to build number skills. And building number skills helps us make good decisions in life, at home and at work. That’s why our Number Confidence Week campaign is all about taking that first step…building confidence.

“This November we have heaps of free, fun and useful resources, tips and advice on our website, please join us!”

To learn more about Stoke by Numbers, the free support in place and to find a learning location near you, click here

Nigel Pye

Experienced journalist with a 30-year career in the newspaper and PR industry and a proven record for breaking stories for the national and international press. Nigel is the Editor of Daily Focus and Head of Creative at i-creation. Other work includes scriptwriting, magazine and video production, crisis communications and TV and radio broadcasts.

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