EMBS Community College is looking for new trustees

Added: Jul 30, 2020

We’re looking for new trustees for EMBS Community College as it grows its education,  employment and wellbeing support to adults and sixth formers from communities in Oxford and Banbury. Set up as a company limited by guarantee to provide business support to ethnic minorities we are successfully growing that learning and employment support to an ever wider range of adults and sixth form learners and are preparing to provide even more support as COVID19 and Brexit create new challenges and opportunities. For our young people, we provide a sixth form, youth club activities and mentoring programmes. For our adults, we run English, Maths, IT & CPD courses as well as Job Coaching and Careers Advice.

Successful applicants will bring a diversity of lived and professional experience along with knowledge and skills that help us respond to those challenges and opportunities so that we meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable in our society. As part of the normal process of renewing our board membership we are particularly keen to strengthen our capacities in the areas of finance, HR and safeguarding as well as in adult and sixth form training/teaching, but above all we are looking for trustees who share our passion for developing the confidence, skill sets and wellbeing of our diverse community of learners.


Key Skills

The successful applicant will bring experience and knowledge, especially in the following areas:

  • Financial, HR and safeguarding expertise, especially in the education and not-for-profit sector
  • Delivery and funding of adult and sixth form education
  • The challenges facing ethnic minorities and other groups who are vulnerable or face discrimination

No prior experience board governance is necessary, but empathy with the needs of our learners is essential

To apply

  • Interested applicants should send a copy of their CV and cover letter marked for the Board Development Committee to davidatEMBS@gmail.com by 13 September 2020. 
  • The CV and cover letter should how you meet the experience, knowledge and skills set out in the Board Member Role Description
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview – probably via Zoom – subject to the prevailing Covid-19 social distancing regulations
  • Please include details of two referees with any application.

EMBS Community College operates according to the safeguarding and well-being policies of Oxfordshire’s safeguarding boards. Because of the nature of our work, we carry out Criminal Records Checks. A formal offer of a trustee position will be subject to this check.


«...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.»