The lowest paid workers at Northern College will see their wages go up to £7.20 an hour so they can earn a 'living wage'.
Jill Westerman, principal at the Stainborough adult education college, said she was pleased to respond to the call from public sector union Unison to commit to the higher minimum wage.
"The welfare of our staff is important and the senior management team and board of governors are happy to agree to Unison's request to make sure that the lowest paid staff are paid at an appropriate level.
"The Northern College values its links with the trade union movement and all that the movement has done over the years to protect the rights of workers”.
John Eccles, of Barnsley Unison, said Northern College was a progressive employer which had done the right thing. “We will be calling on Barnsley’s civic and business leaders to back our campaign, which could lift hundreds of families out of poverty across the borough."
The standard minimum wage for over-21s is £6.08 an hour.