Support for Refugees and ESOL Learners

Get support to move towards and into paid employment.


Eligible refugees and ESOL learners in Oxfordshire can benefit from our specialist employment support to help them into the job market. The project is currently set to run until end of March 2018.  

This project is designed to help refugees to build up their skills and employability, recognising that they have a huge amount to offer local employers, but need the right support to break down barriers to finding work.

The project will be delivered by local community based organisations Aspire Oxford, Asylum Welcome, EMBS Community College and the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA).

Everyone who takes part in the project will have different learning or employment needs, so the support will be tailored to each individual.

Some of the key project activities include:

- Improving English language skills (delivered by EMBS and The WEA)

- Providing specialist employability coaching, including CV workshops and access to work placements or volunteering opportunities (delivered by Aspire and Asylum Welcome)

- Developing links with local employers (delivered by Aspire)

Once in employment, everyone taking part in the project can also benefit from in-work support to guide their transition into the workplace.

While the main project activities will be focused in Oxford City and parts of Banbury, the specialist employment support will be opened up to refugees and ESOL learners across Oxfordshire.

To find out more about the project, please take a look at the project pathway flowchart. You can also download the project referral form and read the guidance note. Finally contact Aspire's Pathways to Employment Coordinator, Rosa Curness ( to find out more.

You can find out more about the other project partners here:  


Asylum Welcome supports asylum seekers, refugees and detainees who have fled persecution and danger in their own countries and seek refuge in Oxford and Oxfordshire. This support includes advice and practical help on a range of issues, a food bank, teaching English to promote independence and visiting detainees at Campsfield House.


EMBS Community College offers English, Maths & IT courses to sixth formers and adults in Banbury and Oxford. Our learners come from diverse backgrounds and are supported to develop a range of skills and qualifications to progress onto further learning and employment opportunities.


The WEA Oxford Community Branch plans and runs a wide variety of courses for adults in Oxford City with a core emphasis on building confidence.

This project is funded by: