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Support with English and maths

Skills for Life - Multiply

The Work Zones - based in Ellesmere Port, Chester, Winsford and Northwich - offer free Maths and English courses, which can help you gain a nationally recognised Functional Skills qualification.

We also run a number of Maths and English courses in local communities. Some of our courses are provided by local colleges. You will be assessed to see what level you are at and then supported by your tutor to improve step by step.


Many people have gaps in their maths skills which can hold them back either in their career or in their everyday life, whether that is managing finances or supporting children with their homework.

The Multiply programme delivers maths support to those who need it, in a flexible and tailored way ensuring your feel more confident with numbers. We can help you progress on to courses that can get you a recognised qualification. Support is available for those aged 19 or over who do not have a maths GCSE at grade C/4.

Multiply Courses are part of the Council’s vision for an Inclusive Economy (link); supporting people to develop new skills, get into good jobs with fair wages, and reduce poverty and inequality. The Inclusive Economy aims to make west Cheshire a greener, fairer and stronger place to live, work and play.

Why are maths skills important?

20% (over 41,000) of residents in Cheshire West and Chester have maths skills that are below GCSE grade C/4. Many residents currently earn less than the local living wage.

Improving maths skills and gaining higher qualifications can help you progress in work and to access higher paid jobs.

More confidence with maths will also help with personal budgets and finding ways to manage your finances better.

Courses are available through the four Work Zones and the School Hubs.

For more information


If you would like to test your Maths skills visit the Multiply website.

Multiply - Skills for Life