Mentoring Young People

We are looking for inspirational people to support and mentor young people in Barnsley, so can you spare one hour per month to inspire Barnsley’s future leaders and workforce?


Either join us as a business mentor on the IKIC Big Challenge to mentor a team of budding entrepreneurs or provide 1:1 support to a student deciding on his or her next steps on the IKIC Mentoring programme.


Benefits to mentoring include:

  • Developing your own skills – Great CPD opportunity around coaching and motivating a team!
  • Insight into young people
  • Personal satisfaction – Many of our mentors feel that they get more out of the competition than the young people do!
  • Networking Opportunities with like-minded companies
  • Chance to inspire your future workforce.


IKIC Big Challenge gives young people the chance to set up and run their own business. The competition runs over an academic year, is for teams of up to eight students (aged 9-19) and we aim to match each team with a business mentor.

The role of the mentor is really important in inspiring the young people involved in the competition.  Mentors on the Big Challenge invest £25 in their team (which is repayable if the team make a profit!), as well as committing to at least one hour’s mentoring per month.

If you would be interested in being involved please contact Richard Shaw on 01226 773437 or

Of the finalists in 2016’s competition, the majority of young people asked said that the competition had improved their confidence, team work and communication skills and almost 90% said that they now might set up their own business in the future, which is fantastic news. In the words of one of students, benefitting from a mentor: It “was really inspiring stuff, his knowledge and experience was directly applicable to our business”

For other opportunities to mentor young people, see here

  • mentoring an individual on a 1:1 basis

IKIC Mentoring Scheme

The IKIC Mentoring scheme matches a mentor with an individual on a 1:1 basis to help the young person realise their potential and make the right choice for them when they leave Year 11. The programme usually lasts for a year, with mentors meeting the student once a month and once a week at exam times. Mentoring can have a positive impact on young people’s and can be really rewarding for the mentor, as well as the mentee!

The mentors are volunteers from local business and community organisations

Contacts: If you would be interested in being involved please contact Richard Shaw on 01226 773437 or


Raising Aspirations Mentoring Scheme – If you are interested in mentoring a student on a 1:1 basis from Year 8, then contact Gareth Stewart on 01226 216840 or email