Renfrewshire Council

Multiply - helping adults improve their numeracy skills

Council staff learn about the Multiply scheme, how it benefits adults and programmes and training available for staff.

Last week, colleagues from across the council came together at the latest RenTalks session, to learn about some of the fantastic activities and learning already up and running, as part of Multiply, a new government-funded learning programme for adults, to help improve their confidence in numbers and maths.

Multiply The feedback from colleagues has been really positive, and for those of you who were unable to attend, we caught up with Multiply officer, Sandra Brown to discover the many benefits, and how you can support anyone in your personal or work life, to access the programme and 'make numbers count'.

"Many of us don't feel confident with numbers and maths. And we don't like to admit it. But we'd like to do something about it." explains Sandra, who joined the council in January '23 to deliver the Multiply programme.

"Good numeracy skills can be so important. They can unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework and budgeting money."

Anyone aged 19 and over, who doesn't have maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent), can access free numeracy courses through Multiply to build their confidence with numbers and gain a qualification.

"To date, 144 adults have completed numeracy training, provided by a range of community partners across Renfrewshire. Groups such as KLAS care in Linwood, helping parents to understand and assist with their children's homework, and Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH), whose 'Nutrition with numbers course' has been particularly well received by participants and our own Adult Learning team who are also providing community learning

"And with new community partners coming on board all of the time, including, St Mirren FC Foundation, Barnardo's, and Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities (REEM), Renfrewshire Affordable Credit Alliance (RACA) we now have a really good spread of courses and providers, throughout Renfrewshire and across all communities and demographics."

Sandra is particularly interested in hearing from colleagues and teams across the council who would benefit from some in-house training as a number of programmes can be delivered in this way. If this is something you may be interested in then please get in touch, by email at or give her a call on 07811 054565.

More information about Multiply and some of the training and courses available throughout Renfrewshire can be found on our staff website.

You can also check your numeracy level by completing this short quiz on the Multiply website. There are six multiple choice questions, and there is no pass or fail mark, but it will help you understand areas of numeracy you might want to improve. It should take around 5 minutes to complete and you can use a calculator if you wish. Take the quiz.

Published on Thursday 22 June 2023