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Key Employability Skill: Numeracy

Employability is defined, in line with the University Employability Policy and Strategy, as “the capability to secure and maintain satisfactory work”, and is all about what skills you have and how you can demonstrate to employers that you have these skills.
Much of the ordinary, everyday activity that students undertake can make a contribution to their employability development (eg working in groups, planning projects, undertaking part time work, giving presentations).

This is a key employability skill!

You will find that employers now expect candidates to offer more than a good academic record and degree, they also look for work experience (relevant if possible) and evidence of “employability skills” such as communication skills, teamwork and planning/organisational skills. Employers also look for “rounded individuals” – they want evidence that you have been involved in activities that develop your skills in the world outside University, for example involvement in clubs, societies or voluntary work.

Numeracy is another key employability skill. Being numerate is very important when applying for a graduate job. Careers & Employability can hep give you some ideas to improve your numeracy and therefore your employability and CV!

Before you Start

  • Think about your levels of numeracy now
  • Do you use numeracy, maths and numbers in your degree?
  • Have you used any “maths” programmes on the computer? Examples include MatLab, SPSS, or Excel?
  • What did you use those programs for?
  • What functions of those programs did you use?
  • What more do you need to learn?
  • Are your numeracy skills already discussed on your CV?

Where next?

Skills for Learning: Digital Skills provide free training to students and staff at the University of Salford.

Mathscope is a programme run by the University of Salford.  It is a support unit for those of you who may experience difficulties with mathematics in whatever subject you are studying.  Mathscope is staffed and resourced throughout the year and offers a comprehensive service for students who are having difficulty coping with the mathematical demands of their course at whatever level.

The Prezi below from the University of East Anglia helps support basic numeracy.


DirectGov - central government assistance
Search for a numeracy improvement course with the Directgov coursefinder. Use the Directgov coursefinder to search for the right course for you - or to find your local learning provider.

Further information can be accessed via their website: DirectGov

Try a 'taster' course: Not sure about committing to a full course? It's worth checking if your local college runs 'taster' courses. These are short courses which let you practice your reading , writing and number skills, and give you an idea what a longer course would be like.

Number (or numeracy) courses cover numbers, fractions and data; multiplication and subtraction; and measurement, shapes and time. You might be asked to do a test before you start your course, to help your tutor decide which course is best for you.

Information taken from: DirectGov

Students who are interested in taking GCSEs, AS or A-Level exams in maths may find the handout Local College List (TG13) useful for finding information and contact details for further and higher education colleges in the North West.

View information on different transferable skills below:

University of Bradford Career Development Services - information on key employability skills.

Page Updated: 5th June 2017 (HB)