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