Jason Ace is a Returns Operative at DHL Argos in Castleford and has always found maths to be daunting, but with the support of his union and the National Numeracy Challenge he is now able to help his kids with homework and feels seven feet tall.
Jason decided to give the National Numeracy Challenge a go after it was suggested by his Usdaw Union Learning Representative Sean Dixon. Jason wanted to be able to help his kids with homework, and having a go at the Challenge has made a real difference.
Before he took the National Numeracy Challenge Jason found maths a bit daunting.
I was always in the lowest group at school and left with nothing. I’ve got three kids, and I felt like a let-down because I was struggling to help them with what they were learning. If I went out for a meal I used to just get the cheapest thing on the menu so it’d be easier to work out. I’d hang back in social situations and stay quiet, thinking “if nobody sees me, nobody hears me, nobody can question me.”
Has Jason grew older he increasingly realised how important numbers were in daily life, and how he was being restricted in what he could o, he also felt that he needed to improve his confidence. However once he signed up to the Challenge this changed.
Being honest, it was easier than I thought it would be. Maths has always been something I shied away from, but I found that I was actually pretty good at it, come the end.”
The further I got into it, the easier I found it, because you’re able to log in either at work or at home. If I got a quiet five minutes to myself I’d think “let’s log in, try and work something out that I struggle with at work”. My confidence has grown to a point where I can work things out in my head now. I don’t shy away from situations.”
For Jason this has made a huge change and he feels more confident in being able to help his kids with whatever they bring home, and though it can still be a challenge Jason finds it a lot easier than it was.
Jason’s newfound maths skills have made a lot of changes to his life, he is now helping others confront their maths fears, something he would have never considered, he has changed his job role at work to something he is happier with and he is doing other courses.
Having the confidence to teach others how to do something, something that I’d have never been able to think about before is great. I’m six feet tall but it makes me feel seven feet being able to help them out.”
I’ve always wanted to do English as well, so I’m doing an English course now too. When I go out for a meal I can actually get what I fancy, and treat myself a bit better! I’ve got that inner-confidence, I’m straight in there, my friends have even mentioned it.”
Jason said he would encourage anyone who is struggling with numbers to go on to the website and try the National Numeracy Challenge.
If you what to try out the National Numeracy Challenge during unionlearns #MathsWorkout Week, or any other time, just click on the link here and give it a go.