Information, advice and guidance

All schools, academies, advanced learning centres and further education providers in Barnsley have a responsibility to provide independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to their pupils. Ask your child's school for details.

As well as guidance available in school, we also have a duty to help and encourage our young people to stay in education or training, especially those who are most vulnerable.  The way we do this is through our targeted information and guidance (TIAG) service which retains some of the key elements of the former Connexions service, and includes the early intervention/assessment and prevention elements of the youth service and youth justice service.

How the information, advice and guidance service can help

We support vulnerable groups of youngsters, including those:

  • not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • in employment without good quality training to level 2
  • aged 13 - 24 who have a statement of special educational needs
  • aged 13 - 24 with additional needs who’ve been assessed as requiring a learning difficulty assessment (S139a)
  • subject to court orders or out-of-court disposals and with a low/medium risk of further offending
  • aged 13 - 24 who are in care or care leavers.

We’ll allocate a personal adviser or key worker to work with you if you need support.  We’ll assess what kind of help you need so that we can give you the right support, which could be one-to-one help with information, giving you advice and guidance on vacancies and opportunities, arranging visits to learning providers, or help in making applications and attending interviews.  

We can also arrange personal development and work opportunities, learning preparation training, and give you a chance to take part in positive activities like volunteering. If necessary, we can refer you to other agencies who can give you specialist support on benefits, housing and health issues.

How to get information, advice and guidance

If you’re still in education, ask your school or college about careers information, advice and guidance.

If you’re not in education, training or employment (NEET), or in one of the other vulnerable groups being supported by a personal adviser or key worker, contact us - or drop in to see us at one of the community hubs below.

Drop in service

We can give you:

  • up-to-date employment and apprenticeship vacancy information 
  • information on local and regional training and learning courses and opportunities
  • recruitment days for specific sectors/providers
  • access to the internet for job search/vacancies and to email applications
  • local vacancy bulletins and information
  • support and information on benefits, Care to Learn etc
  • support to complete a CV and submit applications/letters
  • one-to-one support from a fully qualified duty personal adviser
Location Day Time PA
Athersley - Roundhouse Lifelong Learning Centre Monday 1pm to 3pm Jayne
Goldthorpe - Dearne IKIC Young People's Centre Wednesday 2pm to 4pm Shahid
Hoyland - The Komplex (job club) Monday 1pm to 3pm Katie
Penistone - Penistone Library Tuesday 10am to 2pm Dawn
Town centre - Better Barnsley shop, Cheapside Monday
10am to 4pm  
Wombwell - Wombwell IKIC Young Peoples Centre Tuesday 1pm to 3pm  Sue

Support for young offenders

We have a personal adviser, who can provide information, advice and guidance to young people who’re registered with the youth offending service, to help them continue their learning.

They’re based in the youth offending service on Crookes Street, Barnsley S70 6BX.  You can call in or ring them on 01226 774986.