Information, advice and guidance for children and young people

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.

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Your child’s school or college can give you details about the careers guidance they offer to pupils.

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 youth support 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 targeted youth support service helps young people

We’ll allocate a personal adviser or key worker to work with you if you need support.  We’ll make an assessment to find out what kind of help you need so that we can give you the right support.  This 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.

Who we 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.

How to get information, advice and guidance

If you’re still in education, ask you 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 or call into the Pitt Street  Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) centre in Barnsley town centre.

Pitt Stree IAG centre

This is a walk-in centre for targeted young people, including children in care and youngsters leaving care.

We’re based in Temperance House, Pitt Street, Barnsley S70 1AL, opposite the main post office.  We’re open from 10am to 4pm. You can call us on 01226 773774.

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

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.

Useful websites

Frequently asked questions

I have left school and am looking for work. What should I do next?
Call the Barnsley Targeted Youth Support Centre on 01226 773774, or call into the centre on Pitt Street opposite the post office for information on vacancies and training and support, which will help you get into employment.

I would like to get on an apprenticeship. Can you help?
Yes, the Barnsley Targeted Youth Support Centre keeps an up-to-date list of apprenticeships available locally and in the South Yorkshire region. Call in to find out what's available and how to apply.

Do I have to do something once I am over the age of 16?
You'll have better life chances if you're engaged in learning after 16 years old. By 2015, all young people will have to be engaged in learning or employment with training until the age of 18.

Are there any benefits that I can access to help me?
Yes, depending on your personal circumstances. Make an appointment to see a personal adviser at the Barnsley Targeted Youth Support Centre to explore what’s available.

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