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We are a numbers family

Adrian used the Challenge to build his confidence with numbers and make the move from Universal Credit to full time employment.

What prompted you to think about improving your relationship with numbers? 

I was unemployed and on Universal Credit, and we all know how demoralizing that can be. A friend told me to look up the National Numeracy Challenge and give it a go, she felt it might help. I wanted to improve my number skills for daily life and be more confident with numeracy in general. Before using the online tool, like many I felt that numeracy was a necessary evil and I would always avoid situations where the pressure of quick maths was needed. 
 

How have things changed and what have you achieved? 

Taking part in the Challenge was a wonderful thing. Not only did it help me to set and keep budgets and estimate costs whilst doing my shopping, but it gave me confidence to get out there in the jobs market. I don't feel the number blindness of old. 

I use numbers every day in some way, shape or form, particularly when working out measurements in my new job as a Site Supervisor.  And in the digital age we now live in, use of operating systems will only become more prevalent so developing better maths and numeracy skills now will help me in future jobs. 

The Challenge has really built my confidence and I hope that my new-found positivity will continue, pushing me from strength to strength. I would recommend the National Numeracy Challenge to everyone, no matter what your level.  You can improve. 

The Challenge has really built my confidence and I hope that my new-found positivity will continue, pushing me from strength to strength."