Practical Numeracy for Industry



This one-day intensive course is designed to enhance the practical numeracy skills of professionals in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

It aims to provide hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of how numeracy is applied in real-world engineering and manufacturing scenarios.

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. Strengthen foundational mathematical concepts and their application in engineering and manufacturing.
  2. Develop skills for precise measurement and conversion critical in manufacturing processes.
  3. Enhance abilities in interpreting and creating technical drawings and plans.
  4. Cultivate proficiency in calculating material costs and budgeting for projects.
  5. Improve understanding of statistical methods for quality control and process optimization.


 1.     Foundational Mathematics in Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Revisiting key mathematical concepts (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry)
  • Practical applications in machinery design, structural calculations, and workflow optimization

 2.   Measurement and Conversion for Manufacturing Accuracy

  • Understanding different measurement units and their conversions
  • Techniques for precise measurement and implications of measurement errors
  • Case studies highlighting the importance of accuracy in manufacturing.

 3.   Technical Drawings and Plans: Interpretation and Creation

  • Basics of reading and interpreting engineering drawings
  • Creating simple technical drawings with measurements
  • Use of tools like CAD for design and planning

 4.   Methods for accurate material estimation

  • Cost analysis and budgeting for projects
  • Case study: Material selection and cost optimisation

5.   Statistical Techniques in Quality Control

  • Introduction to statistical methods used in manufacturing.
  • Analysing production data for quality control
  • Case studies on process improvement using statistical analysis.


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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