North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) has been allocated £4.1m over the next three years for the national ‘Multiply’ programme.

Multiply is the new national programme focused on improving adult numeracy skills. Whether that be improving household finances, helping children with homework, making more sense of the facts in the media, or improving numeracy skills specific to a line of work. It is targeted at adults aged 19+ who need to improve their numeracy (up to and including Level 2) and supports both the employed and the unemployed. 

Our Multiply programme will focus on three delivery themes: Community Engagement, Family Learning and Numeracy Skills for the Workplace. We wish to focus our investment on the individuals who would benefit most from the provision. We also want to ensure that clear progression pathways are available for those who take part in the programme.

As such year two of our regional Multiply delivery we have defined the key target participants as:

  • Unemployed/Economically Inactive – have prior attainment for maths/numeracy below full Level 2 and would like to improve skills with numbers or learn how maths can be used on everyday tasks.
  • Parents/carers – to how maths is useful in the management of a home, activities with their children from cooking, baking, crafting or support with homework.
  • Employed – are in insecure employment or have low pay, and maths skills could support progression or specific maths for their workplace.

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Multiply is part of the Governments Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life.

Multiply is a creative and innovative programme which embraces Opportunity for All.  Digital Voice and Liberdade, part of the Thriving Together partnership made this fantastic TikTok to show use of numbers in shopping and cooking.


We are proud to work in partnership with the following organisations for our Multiply Programme.

Changing Lives logo   Newcastle College logo   Northern Learning Trust logo


Society Matters CIC logo  Thriving Together logo  Winnovation logo


Newcastle City Council logo        North Tyneside Council logo   Northumberland County Council logo


The Combined Authority receives funding to deliver the governments adult numeracy maths focussed programme, ‘Multiply’, funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

If you have any queries about NTCA’s Skills funding or want to learn more about Multiply provision in the area, please contact

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