UKIP will take on Labour MP Dan Jarvis in the general election with candidate Lee James Hunter.
Lee, who works at ThyssenKrupp Aerospace in Darton, said: "I’m passionate about people from all backgrounds being able to have the same educational opportunities in life.
"I believe far more needs to be done to improve and enforce safeguarding for older people. I'm also determined to do what I can to raise awareness of fuel poverty.
"I'm a massive supporter of the NHS. I'm totally opposed to the top-heavy management structure that so many NHS trusts have adopted."
He will contest the Barnsley Central seat at the election in May.