Add to your skills on National Numeracy Day

National Numeracy Day is back on Wednesday 15th May – and it’s an ideal opportunity to try out your maths and sign up to the National Numeracy Challenge.

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The campaign, run by National Numeracy, aims to help thousands of workers improve their numeracy skills and ensure that workforces have the necessary number skills to thrive in an increasingly challenging economic climate. 

This follows the success of the inaugural National Numeracy Day in 2018, which saw more than 100 organisations joining together to reach the millions of people across the country who struggle with numeracy. More than 25,000 people signed up to test their skills and to start their journey towards greater confidence and skills with numbers.

Falling in the middle of learning at work week, National Numeracy Day presents an ideal chance for unions to raise awareness of the importance of number skills and get people learning, and the charity is encouraging Union Learning Reps and workplace Learning Centres to sign up to their website to receive information and updates as the campaign progresses.

Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of National Numeracy, said: 

The fantastic support we received for National Numeracy Day last year showed us that there is a real appetite for change when it comes to tackling the nation’s negative attitudes towards maths and numbers.”

Unionlearn Policy Office Kirsi Kekki said:

National Numeracy Day is a great opportunity for union learning reps and learning centres to hold activities and events to promote maths skills at work.”

Unionlearn has a lot of resources that can support these events – in particular the maths assessment on the SkillCheck online tool, but also guidance booklets for ULRs and the Citizen Maths eNote from TUC Education.”

To get more involved next Wednesday, and find out more about the day, including free resources go to the National Numeracy Day website.

You can also encourage colleagues to take the National Numeracy Challenge, the free online numeracy assessment tool.

Unionlearn are keen to hear about your National Numeracy Day event went and highlight it on the unionlearn website – just drop Keith Hatch ([email protected]) a line with details.