A list of our partners and accreditations at EMBS Community College.

European Social Fund (ESF)

The ESF is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all those seeking a job. ESF financing of EUR 10 billion a year is improving job prospects for millions of Europeans, in particular those who find it difficult to get work.

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Abingdon & Witney College

Abingdon & Witney College is a further education provider established in April 2001. It has four campuses: Abingdon, Witney, Avenue One Skills Centre, and Common Leys and delivers Full-time, Part-time and Professional vocational courses.

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Department For Education

The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services. Through the Department for Education EMBS provides free courses for young people aged 16 to 18.

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Removing Barriers, Rebuilding Lives

Removing Barriers, Rebuilding Lives is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. It focuses on helping the long-term unemployed across Oxfordshire get the skills and confidence they need to get into work.

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Activate Learning

Formerly the Oxford & Cherwell Valley College Group, Activate Learning is an education and training group based in Oxford. They run schools, further education colleges and work-based training across Oxfordshire and Berkshire, as well as working to deliver education and training

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Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) is the means by which organisations in Oxfordshire come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The role of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) is to scrutinise and monitor this process, and to ensure that local agencies co-operate and work well to achieve this.

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Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board

The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (OSAB) is a group of statutory, private, voluntary, and independent organisations across Oxfordshire who work together to empower and protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

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Oxfordshire Employment Service

Oxfordshire Employment Service is a service provided by Oxfordshire County Council that has successfully supported people into employment for over 70 years. They are also part of the council’s Adult Social Care directorate and have close links to social care policy and provision both county wide and nationally.

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South Oxfordshire Food & Education Alliance

South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance was founded in 2014 to supply local charities with fresh, nutritional produce and to provide training for those disadvantaged in the labour market.

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Department for Work & Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers.

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Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

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National Careers Service

The National Careers Service (formerly nextstep) provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified career advisers.

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Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus advertises job vacancies for employers by using a computer system called Labour Market System (LMS). Customers of the Jobcentre can access vacancy information through Jobpoints (touch-screen computer terminals) and via the Jobcentre Plus website & the telephone service Jobseeker Direct (0845 60 60 234).

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OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) is a leading UK awarding body, committed to providing qualifications that engage learners of all ages at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes to achieve their full potential.

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Matrix Standard

The Matrix Standard is the unique quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and/or guidance on learning and work.

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The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) was set up to promote the efficient management of migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common Union approach to asylum and immigration. This Fund will contribute to the achievement of four specific objectives: Asylum: strengthening and developing the Common European Asylum System by ensuring that EU legislation in this field is efficiently and uniformly applied; Legal migration and integration: supporting legal migration to EU States in line with the labour market needs and promoting the effective integration of non-EU nationals; Return: enhancing fair and effective return strategies, which contribute to combating irregular migration, with an emphasis on sustainability and effectiveness of the return process and Solidarity: making sure that EU States which are most affected by migration and asylum flows can count on solidarity from other EU States.

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Buckinghamshire Council

At Buckinghamshire Adult Learning we provide inclusive learning opportunities to promote wellbeing and inspire people living or working in Buckinghamshire to achieve their potential. We are the main provider of part-time learning opportunities for adults in Buckinghamshire, graded ‘good’ by Ofsted in November 2019. A broad programme of taught courses, workshops and online learning is delivered from almost 140 locations across the county including dedicated Adult Learning centres, schools, community and employer premises.

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«...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.»