Multiply - building confidence with everyday maths

Do you find maths a bit scary?

Although it can sometimes feel challenging we all use numbers every day – at work, at home and when we’re out.

Would you like to:

  • build confidence managing your money  
  • confidently use maths at home and at work
  • shop for less and learn to cook to suit your lifestyle
  • support  your children with homework
  • unlock new career and learning opportunities
  • achieve an accredited maths qualification

If so, we can help. As part of the Government’s Adult Numeracy programme known as Multiply, Bedford Borough Council has received funding to offer courses that will help you to improve your skills and confidence with maths.

Delivered in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, the Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Academy (BESA) and our partner training providers, Multiply offers a range of free workshops which will help you feel more confident with the maths you come across in your daily life.

The courses are delivered both in person and virtually on Microsoft Teams, along with a range of online courses to help you learn at your own pace and at a time that suits you.

Multiply workshops and online courses

Maths skills workshops

These introductory workshops will help you build your confidence with essential everyday maths skills and to apply them to tasks at work and at home. Multiply will help you take your first steps towards a maths qualification. 

Money skills workshops

These workshops will support you with managing your finances and making your money go further, covering cost of living support, budgeting and understanding borrowing and debt. There are longer courses to help you become a savvy with your shopping and cutting costs in the kitchen.

Take home free £30 food e-vouchers for attending some of our money skills workshops.

Take a look at our Multiply workshops and courses to find out more.

Download Multiply course information (PDF).

Creative skills workshops

Come along to our creative skills workshops to develop everyday skills through crafts and games. But all with a fun-twist.

Online courses - learn at a pace that suits you

Can’t make a workshop? Don’t miss out! These short courses will also help you build confidence with key life skills to support you with day-to-day tasks involving maths and money skills whenever suits you. .

  • Multiply your confidence with numbers at work, at home and in your daily life.
  • Multiply your confidence with payslips and bills.
  • Multiply your confidence with budgeting, saving and loans.
  • Multiply your confidence with everyday money handling.

How to take part and choose a course

To take part in our workshops and courses, you have to:

  • be aged 19 or over
  • live or work in Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire
  • not have a maths qualification equal to a GCSE grade C/4+

Multiply workshops are delivered in community venues across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. You can click on the link below to see the timetable of our upcoming courses.

Find a Multiply maths skills course

Use the online form below to register your interest at our partner’s website at Central Bedfordshire Council.

Apply for a Multiply course

Don’t forget, you can attend as many as you like.

Feedback from our learners

  • Multiply has helped me to save money and has helped me to find the right support out there.
  • I took the cost of living workshop...I’ve learnt what I can apply for to save money eg. bus pass, £650 cost of living payment.
  • Multiply helped me apply for a British Gas Family Fund of up to £1,500.
  • I learnt how to shop for less and cook from fresh.
  • I learnt how to prep and batch cook to save time and make cooking fit into my lifestyle.

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