Established for over 32 years, Independent Training Services has trained and developed people in Yorkshire and the Humber developing a strong and successful reputation along the way.

Our History

The organisation was founded in 1981 as part of the Council for Voluntary Service Employment Initiative. It expanded and developed to such an extent that in 1987 it was decided that a separate limited company needed to be formed which
became Barnsley Youth Development Association.

In 1988, the Company applied for, and was granted, charitable status and became known as BYDA.

In April 2002 the Company name was changed to Independent Training Services Limited.

Our core business is centered on the training of people in a variety of vocational areas. In addition, we offer support and guidance with Functional Skills, Job Search, Personal Development and other related issues.

We have a dedicated team of staff who have been chosen for their ability to work with learners who have a varied range of academic achievements. All our staff hold relevant vocational and training qualifications and specialise in employer based assessment, vocational training, numeracy, literacy and quality improvement.

  • Independent Training Services are the largest private work based learning training provider in Barnsley with:
  • Over 500 learners aged between 16 and 65.
  • 60 members of staff.
  • We work with well over 100 employers throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region.


proud to be a social enterprise