Purpose & Values

EMBS Community College

The EMBS Community College is a non-profit limited company established in 1988 with the aim to improve the economic situation of ethnic minority communities in Oxfordshire through skills enhancement and developing locally owned businesses.

EMBS now provides education, training and careers advice for the whole community; delivering services for young people (aged 16 and above) and adults in two centres in Banbury and Oxford and in other community centres. We are well known for actively reaching out to local minority ethnic communities and working successfully with a range of partners including Jobcentre Plus.

EMBS is funded through a range of national funding bodies such as Education Funding Agency, National Careers Service and European Integration Fund and locally through Oxford Adult Learning (Abingdon & Witney College), City of Oxford College , Oxford Brookes University and Buckinghamshire County Council.

At EMBS we provide courses for over 1000 learners each year and supports them to find employment or progress to college or university.

EMBS offers a variety of courses and services including:

ACE (sixth form programme)

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Functional Skills (English and Maths)

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)


Computing including ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)

A range of leisure learning programmes

Information, advice and guidance through its National Careers Service.

EMBS was awarded LSIS Beacon status in 2010 and has achieved the following quality standards: Ofsted: Good (2017), Investors in People (2011), Matrix (2012) and ISO 9001 (2013) and has been approved by the Joint Council for Qualification, OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations), BCS (British Computing Society).


‘Delivering Skills – Changing Lives’

Statement of Purpose

To provide aspirational learning and employability services to learners to overcome challenges and improve lives.

Our Values are: