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The BMBC Targeted Information Advice and Guidance(IAG) service (Previously known as Connexions)

If you are between 13 and 19 years old, or up to 25 years old if you have additional educational needs, you can ask for help from
the
BMBC Targeted Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) service
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The IKIC Young Peoples Centre in Barnsley is based in
Temperance House, Pitt St, Barnsley S70 1AL  Tel No: 01226 773774 
Opening times:
Monday 9am-5pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 10am-4pm

Changes to legislation under the Education Act 2011 have meant that from September 2012 schools will be responsible for providing independent and impartial careers guidance for their pupils. Formerly this element of work was provided to schools by BMBC through Personal Advisers under its Connexions contract. Each school/advanced learning centre/academy is now making its own arrangements for the provision of careers information, advice and guidance to pupils and details of this provision are available by contacting the school.

Local authorities retain their duty to encourage, enable and assist young people’s participation in education or training. They are required to assist the most vulnerable young people and those at risk of disengaging with education or work. On 1 June 2012, the BMBC Targeted Information Advice and Guidance Service was established and the Connexions contract ended in response to these legislative changes.

BMBC Targeted Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) Service - The local authority has a duty to provide IAG services for young people at risk of becoming disengaged from learning and therefore classed as vulnerable, and those young people who are identified as being Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).

Targeted IAG Service Scope

The service will deliver IAG support to:

  • young people NEET aged 16-19 and those counted as not participating, including those in work without good quality training to level 2.
  • vulnerable young people aged 16-19, those who are looked after/care leavers and young people with learning difficulties or disability who have a learning difficulty assessment (S139a).
  • adults aged 20 and over but under 25 with learning difficulties or disability, previously having a Statement of Educational Need or Learning Difficulty Assessment (S139a).
  • pre-16 year olds - Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 who have a Statement of Educational Need and those who are looked after.
  • the Targeted IAG Service has a duty to attend Y9, Y10 and Y11 SEN reviews and to help complete the S139a Learning Difficulty Assessment and gain the young person and parent’s consent to share this with post-16 providers.
  • pre-16 year olds identified as vulnerable using the Child Profile Tool and agreed with school as priority for additional early intervention support from a range of local authority services, including Integrated Youth Support.

The Targeted IAG Service has a number of other functions including:

  • identifying vulnerability, using the Child Profile Tool in order to plan and target support .
  • using the local Client Caseload Information System to track young people’s participation.
  • recording young people’s post-16 plans, including offers of a suitable place in post-16 education or training for 16 and 17 year olds (September Guarantee ) as well as their current circumstances and learning destination.

Town Centre Information Advice and Guidance Centre

BMBC Targeted IAG provides a walk in IAG Centre for targeted young people at:

Temperance House, Pitt Street, Barnsley S70 1AL. (Opposite the main Post Office)

Telephone: 01226 773774
Opening times:
Monday 9am-5pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 10am-4pm

The IAG Centre offers:

  • up-to-date employment and apprenticeship vacancy information
  • information on local and regional training and learning courses and opportunities.
  • 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 people who are looked after and those within and leaving the care system

BMBC Targeted IAG has two Personal Advisers working with the BMBC Future Directions Team to provide IAG and support the progression and retention in learning of young people who are looked after and in care.

Office base: Lower Ground Floor, Temperance House,Pitt Street,BarnsleyS70 1AL.

Telephone: 01226 770902

Support for young offenders

BMBC Targeted IAG has one Personal Adviser working with the BMBC Youth Offending Service to provide IAG and support the progression and retention in learning of young people registered with the Youth Offending Service.

Office base:Crookes Street,BarnsleyS70 6BX

Telephone: 01226 299222

How young people can access support

Young people within the scope of the Targeted IAG Service can call into the IAG Centre on Pitt Street, Barnsley, or telephone 01226 205686 for information or to book a meeting with a Personal Adviser.

Frequently asked questions

I have left school and am looking for work. What should I do next?
Call the Barnsley Targeted IAG Centre on 01226 773774, or call into the Barnsley IKIC Young Persons Centre (formerly known as Connexions) on Pitt Street opposite the Post Office for information on vacancies and training and support, which will help you get into employment.

Do I have to do something once I am over the age of 16?
Young people have better life chances if they are 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 IAG Centre to explore what’s available.