The Apprenticeship Pledge was launched during Apprenticeship Week 2013 in response to high unemployment and low level skills in the area at the time.

The Pledge is overseen by Barnsley College and the One Barnsley Group, a strategic partnership group, which works collaboratively with:

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Barnsley Council
South Yorkshire Police
Jobcentre Plus
Barnsley Premier Leisure
Koyo Bearings
Stagecoach Bus
Barnsley College

It has been working in partnership with employers to promote the recruitment of apprentices across the region and aims to get companies to commit to employing at least 2.5% of their workforce into apprenticeship positions. All businesses regardless of size, industry or location are welcome to sign the Pledge.

The Pledge has had unprecedented success from the business community. To date, over 450 businesses have signed the Pledge.

The Pledge has had recognition and has won several awards including:

  • Community Impact Award at the Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards 2014
  • Corporate Social Responsibility/Environmental Award at Sheffield’s City Region Awards 2015

For more information or to sign up to the Apprenticeship Pledge, contact the Business Development team on 01226 216 166 or email

Last updated: 18th April 2018