Our shared Prosperity Fund, Skills 24 and Multiply projects! | Adult Learning Wales

Our shared Prosperity Fund, Skills 24 and Multiply projects!


On Thursday 26th October 2023, team members from Adult Learning Wales were invited to the Quinell Lounge at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, for Coleg Sir Gâr's launch of the Shared Prosperity Fund, Skills 24 and Multiply projects. Adult Learning Wales has partnered with Coleg Sir Gar and Carmarthenshire Local Authority, to support adults and families within the county, to improve their numeracy and maths skills through the Multiply Project.

Representing Adult Learning Wales at the event was Beth John (Regional Manager South West and Mid Wales), Mark Baines (Head of Curriculum & Performance), Alex Lloyd (Marketing & Communications Manager), and Ian Wooldridge, who has recently been appointed as a Numeracy tutor for Multiply in Carmarthenshire. The launch event gave an opportunity for educational leaders, charities and employers from across the region to network, establish new relationships and or course find out more about both the Shared Prosperity Fund, Skills 24 and Multiply projects. Attendees were welcomed by Coleg Sir Gar's Nia Lloyd (Strategic Project Manager) and were treated to inspiring key note speeches from Andrew Cornish Pennaeth/Prif Weithredwr Coleg Sir Gar, Jane Lewis Cronfa Ffyniant Gyffredin a Sectorau Blaenoriaeth, Rheolwr Partneriaeth Dysgu a Sgiliau Rhanbarthol De-orllewin Cymru and Simon Wright, o ‘Cook 24’ – Cronfa Adfywio Cymunedol. Attendees were treated to a delicious lunch, sourced by using local suppliers, and made by members of the Cook24 project. 

Beth John said, ”What a fantastic day was had by all who attended the ‘SPF’ launch event in Llanelli. The day brought key stakeholders and a variety of organisations together, to share information about the three projects being delivered across Carmarthenshire, and allowed the three delivery providers of the Project to make invaluable new contacts, not just within the scope of the Multiply Project, but also for their mainstream adult community learning provision. We are delighted, as an Organisation, to be working closely with Coleg Sir Gar and the local authority, and look forward to our numeracy courses starting shortly after the Half-Term’ break.”

Multiply is a new government-funded programme, delivered through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, to help adults improve their numeracy skills. It is aimed at those aged 19 and over who don’t have maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent). Learners can access free numeracy courses through Multiply, to build their confidence with numbers, and gain a qualification. Adult Learning Wales is pleased to be working with Coleg Sir Gar and Carmarthenshire ACL Partnership at 25+ venues in Carmarthenshire, to support those living and working in Carmarthenshire. 

Good numeracy skills are essential in the workplace and in everyday life. They can help improve household finances and support with helping children with their homework. Enhancing numeracy skills can also unlock new job opportunities, leading to higher wages and better wellbeing, and will open the possibility to progress to higher levels of training.

From November 2023, there will be courses for beginners to more advanced courses such as GCSE Maths, Essential Skills Qualifications, or equivalent, being offered in Carmarthenshire. The Multiply project will be rolled out across Wales, with Adult Learning Wales laying a leading role in various counties, with the support of its partners. We are proud to be offering opportunities in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Newport and RCT,  with other contracts in Wales coming soon. To find out more visit www.colegsirgar.ac.uk/index.php/en/study/multiply-adult-numeracy