Numeracy includes everything from making change to analyzing data.
Want to strengthen your skills?
Numeracy is a good place to start
Over the next few weeks we will be looking at Essential Skills and offering some helpful links to more information. First on the list is numeracy.
Numeracy is the ability to use numbers and think mathematically to measure and make calculations, to estimate, to work with money, to analyze data and numerical trends, and to create schedules and budgets.
A few examples would be:
a) calculating the amount of change to give to a customer, or
b) preparing a budget for a company
c) plotting a patient's temperatures on a chart to show deviations from normal ranges.
Here's a real life example
Samantha’s employer gave her a new project assignment. It included creating and tracking the project’s budget. When faced with creating a detailed budget, including scheduling payments and tracking the cash flow, Samantha was stumped. Her employer brought in an Essential Skills Coach to guide Samantha through the process of designing and implementing a detailed project budget, periodically offering support in tracking its activity over the project’s successful duration.