New Numeracy and Digital Skills Programmes Launched in Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.

The Secretary of State for Wales, The Rt Hon David TC Davies MP, visited Whitehead-Ross Education to visit two innovative skills programmes funded  through the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund, which replaced European funding following Brexit.

Whitehead-Ross Education and Consulting (WREC) has been granted £1.8m of UK Shared Prosperity Funding (UKSPF) with both Neath Port Talbot Council and Swansea Council, through a partnership with Gower College Swansea, to deliver new innovative numeracy and digital skills courses across the region. The new educational courses aim to help job seekers and people of all abilities to upskill their numeracy and digital skills in order to gain new employment possibilities.

As a part of the Multiply numeracy programme, 1,250 adults will be supported who are aged 19 years or above who have not yet achieved a Level 2 Maths qualification (GCSE C or equivalent).

Courses on offer include Money Management, Math Skills within Construction (including the CSCS card for working in construction), Numeracy for parents supporting their children with maths, plus ESOL (English speakers of other languages) for Maths – helping people with their English through everyday numeracy.

WREC is also spearheading The Digital Skills Hub, an initiative that will support 450 participants over the age of 19 seeking to bolster their employment prospects in the digital skills sector.

Participants will be equipped with courses including Digital Basic Skills, Coding and Principles of Cyber  Security, positioning them at the forefront of the digital job market.

Courses will be delivered from within the community across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, such as local community centres as well as from Whitehead-Ross Education’s skills centres in Skewen and Swansea.

Welsh Secretary David TC Davies said: “I was delighted to visit these fantastic programmes, funded by £1.8m of UK Government money. Maths and digital skills are increasingly vital for people to access well paid employment and improve their life chances. This approach will equip 1,250 adults with practical maths skills and qualifications which will open new doors for them. And a further 450 people will gain digital skills which are increasingly valued by employers in a huge range of sectors. I wish everyone taking part the best of luck as they work hard to make the next step into new opportunities.”

Ian Ross, Chief Executive Officer at Whitehead-Ross Education, said: “We are excited to be supporting 1,800 individuals across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot to improve their numeracy and digital skills. Our fully funded courses are designed to support adults to develop their skills and break down barriers to accessing new employment opportunities.”

For more information on how individuals can participate and benefit from these initiatives, please contact Whitehead-Ross Education on 01792 814708