Practical Numeracy for Construction


This course is meticulously designed to equip professionals in construction and allied trades with essential numeracy skills that are directly applicable to their field.

The focus is on real-world application, aiming to enhance efficiency, precision, and problem-solving abilities in construction environments.

This course is delivered as a small-group activity using a range of practical approaches to learning:
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Hands-on Exercises and Practical Demonstrations
  • Group Discussions and Case Study Analysis
  • Q&A Sessions

  1. Develop an understanding of basic and advanced mathematical concepts used in construction.
  2. Enhance skills in accurate measurement and calculation for materials and resources.
  3. Improve abilities in reading and interpreting construction plans and drawings.
  4. Gain proficiency in estimating costs and managing budgets for construction projects.
  5. Understand and apply statistical methods for quality control and project management.


1. Basic and Advanced Mathematics for Construction
  • Review of fundamental concepts (fractions, decimals, percentages)
  • Advanced calculations (geometry for area, volume, and angles)

2. Measurement and Calculation in Construction
  • Techniques for accurate measurement (using rulers, tape measures, laser measures)
  • Calculating quantities of materials
  • Understanding and avoiding common errors in measurements
3. Interpreting Construction Plans and Drawings
  • Basics of reading and understanding architectural and engineering drawings
  • Scale interpretation and conversion
  • Extracting and applying information from plans to real-world tasks
4. Cost Estimation and Budget Management
  • Methods for estimating material, labour, and overhead costs
  • Creating and managing budgets for small to medium construction projects
  • Case studies on cost control and reduction strategies
5. Statistical Methods for Quality Control and Project Management
  • Introduction to statistical concepts relevant to construction
  • Using statistical tools for quality control
  • Tracking and managing project progress using date

Funded places are available for eligible adults.
  • Aged 19+
  • Live or work in Essex
  • No existing maths qualification at Grade C or above
  • UK or EEA national

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