Better English and maths skills can improve work and family life

31 January 2018 | English & Maths, Help & Advice

It is estimated that over five million adults in England lack the required literacy and numeracy skills to improve their employment prospects, access better career options or help their children with their homework.

This lack of basic English and maths skills is having a detrimental impact on people’s lives. A Government report on the ‘Impact of Poor English and Maths Skills on Employers’ found that a lack of employees with these core skills can have a detrimental impact on businesses across a range of sectors, leading to poor customer experience and productivity levels.

Employees who had the opportunity to improve their understanding of English and maths, however, reported carrying out their usual activities with uncustomary confidence and competence; performing tasks with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

An increase in job satisfaction is not the only positive outcome: research into the benefits of English and maths for adult learners found significant improvements in wellbeing. Family life showed particular improvement, with parents reporting an increased engagement in their children’s education, helping with their homework and reading with them more often.

Improved understanding of English and maths can also open doors to further education and training activities. Aaron Bailey, 35, found that he needed his GCSE qualifications in English and maths in order to start a higher education course in nursing.

He said: “I have always struggled with English and maths and it was scary to have to go back and study two subjects I have never excelled in. However, studying at City College Plymouth has eradicated that worry and I feel at ease when studying. The lecturers have made learning interesting again. I now feel far more confident in my abilities and know I will be able to progress on to higher education.”

Designed to fit around work and home life, City College’s English and maths courses build confidence in these vital core skills, improving competence and job prospects.

City College’s Employability and Enterprise Manager, Mike Jones, said: “It is important that people come and speak to us about their numeracy and literacy skills. Sometimes people can feel embarrassed about not having a good skill level in English or maths, but they quickly find that they are not alone and that the College can help.”

On Saturday 3 February, anyone looking to improve their English and maths skills can join sixth formers interested in a university-level qualification, young people looking for a different experience from school and adults wanting to get back to work, change careers or improve their prospects, at the College’s Open Day.

There will be a dedicated English and maths zone at the event which showcases the College’s wide range of career-focused courses with staff offering advice on full-time, part-time, access, university-level and Apprenticeship options.

Careers Advisors will be on-hand to offer free impartial advice and guidance, and the Student Funding team will also be available to answer any queries about money matters. There will also be a range of local employers from a mix of sectors who will be giving an insight into their industry and career opportunities.

Those looking to take advantage of the opportunities available can find out more at the City College Plymouth Open Day, Saturday 3 February, 10.00am to 1.00pm, Kings Road or they can visit for more information on all available courses.

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