Employer promise

Opportunities you can offer

Engaging with young people and adults has many benefits to you workforce. It allows you to break down perceptions, offer an insight into your industry and showcase the opportunities you have on offer.

We can support you to find an opportunity that is best suited to you and your organisation.


An apprenticeship is a real job with training that allows students to earn while they study to gain a nationally-recognised qualification and can be undertaken by anyone aged 16 to 65. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries. Apprenticeships allow an individual to study for a work-based qualification that can significantly improve their future earning power and career enjoyment, whilst also providing benefits for employers.

Benefits to the employer

  • Offering apprenticeships is a great way to build your talent pipeline and develop your existing staff whilst introducing new talent into your organisation.
  • Apprentices can be trained in your specific needs and requirements. 92% of employers who take on apprentices agree that they have led to a more motivated and satisfied workforce, while 83% confirm that they now rely on apprenticeship programmes to provide skilled workers of the future. Read The Chartered Institute for IT's article on business benefits.

Useful resources

Armed Forces covenant recognised employer

The Armed Forces Covenant represents a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.

Find out more about signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Care leavers covenant

We want to support our looked after children and care leavers to ensure they are supported to achieve aspirations and secure education, employment and training.

Find out more about the local offer for care leavers.

Employability workshops

Employability workshops can include:

  • CV support
  • support with applications
  • mock interviews and confident building

Benefits to the employer

  • it gives Barnsley residents an insight into what employers are looking for
  • it stresses the importance of having a good CV
  • it helps employers understand the motivations of young people
  • it allows you to offer future career aspirations, an insight into the world of work to young people

Employer talks

Speaking to groups about the range of careers in your company, the sector and the routes into these careers in a variety of formats including careers fairs and networking events.

Visit the Careers and Enterprise Company to learn more about the types of careers talks you can give and for more guidance on how to plan a session that impacts the students.

Benefits to the employer

In school experiences can be very individual for each employer and therefore the benefits can be unique to you and your partnership with the school. However, many of our business partners tell us that the talks have been a cost-effective way for:

  • Getting to know the next generation of potential employees.
  • Getting your message out to an audience.
  • In-bedding the company into the local community.
  • CSR which can be utilised on a company's social media platform.
  • Staff that have been involved to show greater morale and wellbeing.

Enterprise adviser

An enterprise adviser is a volunteer from a business who works closely with the headteacher or senior leadership team of a school or college to provide strategic support. You will use your business experience and professional networks to help develop and implement an effective strategy that puts opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person's education.


Mentoring in schools, college or voluntary/community groups to provide young people and adults with advice and help them to achieve goals and ambitions.

Promoting workplace wellbeing

Demonstrating a commitment to workplace wellbeing can be done by signing up to the disability confident employer scheme and or applying for the Be Well @ Work award.

Undergraduate and graduate internships

Placements are usually extended internships, a period of industry experience that supports the student’s degree. A placement is usually one year long but can be anything from 6 months.

Benefits to the employer

As an employer, recruiting a student enables you to tap into a new pool of talent that can make a real impact on your business and improve performance

  • students bring enthusiasm, fresh ideas, up-to-date knowledge and research capabilities to your organisation
  • students can also provide a cost-effective solution to short-term recruitment needs, or take on one-off projects that other staff may not have the time to do

Supported internships

A Supported internship is a structured programme of study undertaken by a young person aged 16 to 24 with learning difficulties or disabilities who want to work, but need some support to move into paid employment. Supported Internships combine unpaid work with an employer and time in college to gain skills such as Maths, English, ICT, Health and Safety and job search skills.

It is a job specially adapted to meet the skills and abilities of an individual whilst fulfilling a genuine business need for the employer.

Find out more about Barnsley's supported internship programme.

Supported employment

Offering supported employment options for vulnerable groups through all stages of finding work such as CV support, applying for a job, mock interviews.

Find out more about Barnsley Council employment and volunteering service.

Work experience and placements

Work experience offers a meaningful opportunity for a young person or adult to gain experience in the world of work. This can vary in length depending on an employer's capacity. Typically a day a week over a period time (usually for some months) in which an individual gains experience of delivering a project with your organisation. This usually compliments a course they are studying for.

The type of work that's expected during a work experience placement varies depending on the individual workplace and the type of placement, although they usually involve 'shadowing' alongside assisting with day-to-day responsibilities.

How does a work experience placement work?

For successful work placements, employers should be flexible with the time and length of work experience as different young people will need different levels of support. Employers should also offer feedback and a debriefing at the end of the placement to give the student something to work on.

Work Inspiration Week

Work Inspiration Week is a yearly event for young people to develop an insight into a variety of job roles within different sectors and companies. The purpose of the visit is to experience a real-life workplace and to inform young people about the types of roles and industries open to them.

The visit will be for half a day and should include some activities or challenges, to give the students an understanding of your area of work and an insight into your workplace. We would hope that through the visit students will gain a greater understanding of the skills required from different industries.