Multiply Courses – A UK First!

The FC Fashion Technology Academy in Leicester is delighted to confirm that it has been given the go-ahead by Leicester City Council to deliver the new Multiply courses.

Now in its third-year, FEL Leicester initially piloted the course that focuses on maths understanding for daily life, home, and work, for adult learners. The idea is to teach numeracy skills within practical applications so that it is relevant and understood. 

The course embeds maths into core subjects and for the fashion industry this can be applied to many key areas across the manufacturing process. This can include cutting ratios that are used in dockets for the factory, for example, cutting ratios for sizes 8/10, 12/14, 16/18. Accurate garment and fabric measuring, this can relate to centimetres but also can be converted into inches, so we have the new decimal and original imperial methods. We can also discuss percentages so we are looking at lay plans and fabric waste. For example, we can aim for a 2% wastage maximum on a particular style and then that can be calculated.

Extensive time was taken by the FCFTA Leicester team to create a Multiply course workbook that takes up to 20-hours to be delivered. Three cohorts have already successfully completed the course and the council has now confirmed a new funding stream for 2024/25.

This is superb news and well done to the FCFTA Leicester team.

(On 3rd July employees from Barrie undertook the Multiply course)


The next Multiply course start date: From 1st August 2024 at FCFTA Leicester, Phoneix House, 2nd floor, 9 Kings Street, LE1 6RN


Cost: Free *


* Eligible participants:


What You Learn:

  • Basic numeracy terms
  • Garment lifecycle and related numeracy skills
  • Reading job adverts: hours, pay rates, and understanding pay
  • Critical paths in textiles and their impacts
  • Measurement differences and conversions
  • Cost components of a garment/T-shirt
  • Numerical elements in order sheets and their importance
  • Calculating sell-through rates and unsold percentages
  • Difference between retail and cost price; calculating retail margin


For enrolment/more information: Contact: