Success Story – Hanan from Syria

Added: Jan 11, 2020

“EMBS has opened so many doors for me.”

Fleeing war-torn countries, some of our students must re-build their lives from scratch in the UK. Adjusting to life here is a difficult and long process, and it can take years for someone to learn English and gain employment. That’s why, when one of our students succeed in this way, we want to celebrate them and share their story of hope.

When Hanan arrived in the UK from Syria at the end of 2017, she didn’t speak any English. She started college at EMBS in Banbury, first in a class for absolute beginners, learning the alphabet. Over the course of two years, she has worked her way all the way up to a Level 2 class, which is the equivalent to a grade C or above at GCSE. From here, she could choose to find a job or study in a further education programme.

Seeking employment, she began working with our Banbury employability coach, Sam Mills. Together, they created her CV and practised mock interviews. Sam gave her practical tips on how she could sell herself to employers in the UK.

After passing her first interview, she has now started working as a teaching assistant in a local school. She also has recently passed her driving test. Sam is thrilled by her achievements, saying that, “Hanan is incredibly motivated and dedicated.”

At EMBS, we love enabling our students to thrive in the UK, whether that’s learning English, finding a job, or passing the driver’s test. Hanan is just one of our many success stories. She writes poignantly:

“I have found a new life.”


«...I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family.... »

«I arrived in this country four months ago, without any confidence in my English and really scared to be an independent person at sixteen. I didn't know what my next steps were since the education in my country is really different. One day, my aunt bought me to EMBS. At the beginning I was really insecure as I didn't even know how to use the bus and get there, it made me feel like a child surrounded by grown up people that didn’t understand me at all. Ever since I started to study here, everything negative that I used to feel has changed completely. I’ve got to meet amazing people like Jo and Jane, who took care of me and were concerned about my future. I’ve also got to make amazing friends like Aisha and Abner that always make me laugh and feel positive about life. Of course, this is not the only thing that the EMBS has given me: they also are deeply involved in my education and they help me in any way possible to achieve my purpose, which is go to university and study human rights. If I am being honest, I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family. »


«...I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.... »

«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and often felt very awkward to start conversations with people around me, I never spoke unless I was spoken to but after a few months of being here I gained confidence and was able to communicate with other people comfortably, made good friends and feel like I knew myself. I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.»


«...The staff are really nice and friendly.... »

«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and not confident, I used to be very afraid to speak English outside of college. But after several months, EMBS helped me to gain more confidence and especially improve my spoken and written English. The staff are really nice and friendly.»