Established in 1988
EMBS – Education, Training & Career Advice Centre
The EMBS, an initiative of Oxfordshire Ethnic Minorities Enterprise Developments Ltd. was 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. It is well known for actively reaching out to local minority ethnic communities and working successfully with a range of partners including Jobcentre Plus.
It is funded through a range of national funding bodies and partners such as Education Funding Agency, City of Oxford College, Oxford Brookes University , Buckinghamshire County Council and Abingdon and Witney College.
EMBS provides 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:
Information, advice and guidance through the National Careers Service
ACE (sixth form programme)
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
English & Maths Functional Skills
Computing including ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)
Duke of Edinburgh & VAP (Volunteering Awards Programme) for Young People
A range of short courses
Advice, Taster-Courses & Conferences regarding studying at college or university
121 Support & Courses to support learners to find employment
EMBS has achieved the following quality standards: LSIS Beacon status (2010), Ofsted: Good (2013), Investors in People (2014), Matrix (2013) and ISO 9001 (2013) and has been approved by the Joint Council for Qualification, OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations), City & Guilds, BCS (British Computing Society) & ASDAN
Dr Shaila Srinivasan (1951- 2011)
Dr Shaila Srinivasan passed away after 15 years service with EMBS, she took up
the post of ‘outreach worker’ in 1993, her determination, strength of character
and commitment saw her rise through the ranks and become the Chief Executive.
Dr Shaila’s hard work over 16 years was rewarded when EMBS
was awarded with Beacon Status – one of only 12 adult education centres across England to receive the award that year. She died of pancreatic cancer leaving one son,
A quote from Dr Shaila Srinivasan
“The EMBS has certainly come a long way, and what was just a first job for me,
has become a lifetime’s vocation. While I hope I will be able to retire in a
few years time, I pray that the EMBS will continue its good work in Oxfordshire
for many, many, years to come.”
We at EMBS look forward to the future, in the hope that we can carry forward Dr
Shailas vision for EMBS, and facilitate its growth to even greater heights.