Free and flexible workshops for adults (19+)

Here at Colchester Institute we’ve developed some free workshops to help you budget with the cost of living and to support you with your finances.

Available through our Adult Skills Centres in Colchester, Braintree, Clacton and Dovercourt, dates are available for January, February and March.

Multiply - Free Workshops for Adults (19+)

Free Workshops for Adults (19+)

  • Energy Saving
  • Weekly household travel costs
  • Home maintenance
  • Utility bills
  • Income & expenditure
  • Banking
  • Borrowing Money
  • Introduction to Payslips, NI (National Insurance), Tax & Personal Allowance
  • Pensions
  • Filling out a timesheet
  • Additional Pay
  • Calculating holiday pay or extra income
  • Planning your travel
  • Clever ways to save on shopping
  • How to make meals, shop for them and cook them
  • Health conditions and diet
  • Healthy eating
What is Multiply?

Free and flexible workshops to help with the cost of living

In partnership with Essex County Council, Colchester Institute are delivering Multiply, which aims to support people aged 19 and over to improve their numeracy skills and gain maths qualifications up to GCSE grades 4 to 9 or A* to C.

Multiply seeks to address the crucial skills gap in Essex, where adult numeracy ranks lower when compared to the national average. It supports ECC’s broader ambition of helping Essex residents to increase their skills and to reduce barriers for disadvantaged groups.

Not a numbers person? Anxious about your maths skills?

Multiply will help you to feel more confident using numbers at work or in everyday life. Learning at a pace that suits you, Multiply offers short, flexible learning opportunities of around six hours.

Multiply aims to improve maths skills to support people at work and in their everyday lives, which includes:

  • helping people to budget and manage the increased cost of living
  • helping parents and carers support their children with their schoolwork
  • empowering people to access new employment
  • supporting people to progress at work

Multiply will include free and flexible courses for:

  • people with no qualifications
  • people who want tools to use in everyday life
  • people who want to build on their maths knowledge
  • people who desire a full qualification in maths up to GCSE level

Dates are currently available in January, February and March for the following workshops:

Budgeting at home

Budgeting for work

Shopping and cooking

Who is eligible for these workshops?

Anyone aged 19 and over

February Workshop Dates
LocationStart DatesWorkshopTime
Colchester Adult Skills CentreThursday 9thBudgeting at home9:30am
Thursday 9thBudgeting for work12:30pm
Friday 10thShopping and Cooking9:30am
Clacton Adult Skills CentreThursday 16thBudgeting at home9:30am
Thursday 16thBudgeting for work12:30pm
Friday 17thShopping and Cooking9:30am
Dovercourt Adult Skills CentreMonday 13thBudgeting at home9:30am
Monday 13thBudgeting for work12:30pm
Tuesday 14thShopping and Cooking9:30am
March Workshop Dates
LocationStart DatesWorkshopTime
Colchester Adult Skills CentreThursday 16thBudgeting at home9:30am
Thursday 16thBudgeting for work12:30pm
Friday 17thShopping and Cooking9:30am
Braintree Adult Skills CentreMonday 13thBudgeting at home9:30am
Monday 13thBudgeting for work12:30pm
Tuesday 14thShopping and Cooking9:30am
Clacton Adult Skills CentreThursday 2ndBudgeting at home9:30am
Thursday 2ndBudgeting for work12:30pm
Friday 3rdShopping and Cooking9:30am
Dovercourt Adult Skills CentreMonday 20thBudgeting at home9:30am
Monday 20thBudgeting for work12:30pm
Tuesday 21stShopping and Cooking9:30am

Contact Us

01206 712825
01206 814292
Email: ncs@colchester.ac.uk