“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.”