New free workshops helping you get to grips with Excel, Budgets and Data

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning is delivering free numeracy workshops across Buckinghamshire as part of its Multiply initiative.

The latest series of workshops focus on helping local businesses improve employees’ skills and confidence with Microsoft Excel.

The best way to learn Excel is to use Excel, which is why Buckinghamshire Adult Learning is offering a series of 90-minute online workshops targeted at adults (aged 19+) who do not already have a maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent) or hold a Level 2 Maths qualification.

  • Getting to grips with Excel (Wednesday 7 June: 9:30am to 11am)
  • Getting to grips with Data (Wednesday 21 June: 9:30am to 11am)
  • Getting to grips with Budgets (Wednesday 28 June: 9:30am to 11am)

The workshops aim to support local businesses improve their employees’ confidence in using Microsoft Excel for business. This includes providing practical skills to manage spreadsheets, understand and create calculations using formulae and functions, create graphs and charts to analyse and present data and extrapolate trends and report on them.

Anita Cranmer, Cabinet Member for Education & Children’s Services commented:

“Buckinghamshire Adult Learning is now in its second year of delivering free Multiply workshops across the county for eligible learners to improve their confidence with numbers. Gaining new skills and/or qualifications can open up a range of opportunities for people, from making the most of your money and new jobs to greater confidence in everyday life.

“The latest ‘Getting to grips with…’ online workshops have been designed to cover specific numeracy skills required in the workplace, in this instance using Microsoft Excel for business, and will be delivered together with employers to help boost the confidence of Buckinghamshire’s workforce. Learners will be encouraged to apply the Excel skills and techniques they learn along the way to solve a broad range of business problems.”

The workshops are the latest to be delivered as part of Multiply - a new government-funded programme to help adults (19 years+) who do not already have a maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent) improve their numeracy skills. The scheme is part of Buckinghamshire Council’s ‘Opportunity Bucks’ programme which aims to improve outcomes for people in Buckinghamshire.

Philippa Batting, Managing Director of Buckinghamshire Business First said:

“The Multiply workshops taking place in June are a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to upskill their employees, offering comprehensive support in using, optimising, and managing spreadsheets.

“Microsoft Excel is a popular business tool for helping to speed up productivity and collect and organise data. Ensuring employees are confident in using the software can lead to a more efficient and thriving workforce. Importantly these workshops benefit employees and the businesses they work within. Learning new skills can support career growth, open up new opportunities and provide Buckinghamshire’s local workforce with essential skills which can be transferable into everyday life.”

Find out more about the online ‘Getting to grips with…’ workshops and secure your free place for yourself or your employees today.