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Numeracy Skills for Employability and the Workplace

Improve your mathematical confidence and gain the skills to pass employers’ numeracy tests with this free online course.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Numeracy Skills for Employability and the Workplace

Why join the course?

In our highly technical world numeracy skills, particularly the ability to interpret data, are becoming increasingly important and are highly sought after by employers.

A lack of mathematical confidence and poor numeracy skills are barriers to employment as numeracy tests are increasingly part of the recruitment process, often early on.

Many people feel that they just simply “cannot do maths” yet the need to process numbers is a skill that we all need not just for employment but in our everyday lives.

Improve or revise your knowledge of mathematics

This free online course from the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University will help you improve or revise your knowledge of mathematics. You will gain the numeracy skills needed to succeed in both employers’ numeracy tests and the workplace. It is designed to build your confidence.

Over three weeks, we will look at where numbers occur in everyday life and what numeracy means in this context. We will look at the rationale behind employers’ numeracy testing and the skills you will need to be successful.

In addition to refreshing your understanding of specific numeracy skills (such as percentages, ratios, averages and currency conversions), you will develop essential skills for interpreting numerical data and understanding statistics.

Build your mathematical confidence

The course will develop your skills through a carefully paced, step-by-step introduction to relevant topics with opportunities to check your understanding through quizzes. There will be feedback at every stage.

Completing this course will help you build your mathematical confidence and prepare you for both employers’ numeracy testing and using numeracy in the workplace.

We hope you will join us.

Note: This course includes video content and other visual teaching methods. Some information is displayed in tables and graphs. Blind and visually impaired students may need a helper.

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When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

Who is the course for?

This course is open to anyone with a basic understanding of mathematics. It is suitable if you are:

  • applying for work placements or internships
  • applying for employment
  • applying for a course that requires you to pass numeracy skills tests
  • in employment seeking promotion or wishing to upskill
  • anyone who wishes to refresh their knowledge of numeracy
  • anyone who wishes to improve their mathematical confidence for everyday life.

If it has been some time since you last used any numeracy skills you may need to spend longer working through the materials. The course is particularly suitable for those who have not had the opportunity to practise quantitative skills since school.

Who will you learn with?

Janette Matthews

I am based in the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University, UK. Interests : how learners may improve their mathematical confidence; links between art/textile design and mathematics.

Tony Croft

Professor of Mathematics Education at Loughborough University specialising in mathematics for engineers and mathematics support for students who find university mathematics particularly challenging.

Who developed the course?

Loughborough University is a public research university. It is among the country’s leading universities – consistently ranked among the top 20 in the UK – and is a member of the 1994 Group.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate

You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats, to celebrate taking part.

£34.00 + shipping

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