Skills and employability

Career guidance for young people

We work with careers leaders in schools and colleges to help them deliver excellent careers guidance programmes to support students.

Our enterprise co-ordinators provide advice and support. They help schools and colleges meet their statutory duties and students to fulfil their potential.

If you’d like to find out more, email

Statutory duties

Find out about the statutory duties to support reforms to post-16 technical education and training.

Barnsley Careers Leader Network

This is our local network that meets termly to provide updates on local, regional, and national policy and strategy. They also share good practices and improve access to local sources of help and support. This is to help enrich your career guidance programmes. Email to find out more.

South Yorkshire Careers hub

All schools and colleges have been invited to be part of the South Yorkshire Careers Hub. Hubs have been shown to speed up progress towards reaching the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC)

The CEC provide free resources, training, and tools to support careers leaders in all elements of their role.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Find out more about the Gatsbys Benchmarks and the framework they provide to optimise careers provision.

Compass and Compass+

Compass+ is a tool to benchmark, manage, track and report on your school's careers provision at individual student level.


Through the START platform there's information for people to explore study choices, careers and access support to stand out from the crowd with applications.

South Yorkshire START platform

Panjango Online

Allows students to explore a gamified world of work and gives learning context and purpose by directly linking the curriculum to real world challenges.

Panjango Online

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service helps people to choose a job and provides support for applying and finding jobs.


National Careers Service

Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools provides work experience opportunities and a library of inspirational talks for students that attend a UK state secondary school or college.

Speakers for schools

CEC resources

The Careers and Enterprise Company shares many resources for schools, colleges and employers. You can find this in their resource directory.

CEC resources


Compass is a free tool for schools and colleges in England, that quickly and easily evaluates careers activity against the Gatsby Benchmarks.