S.C. jobseekers on Thursday learned about Continental Tire in Sumter’s hiring process during two information sessions at the F.E. DuBose Campus of Central Carolina Technical College near Manning.
Recruiters from the company outlined the benefits of working at Continental and discussed the organization’s overall work culture. They also answered questions on a variety of topics ranging from safety and uniforms to the way shifts are organized. About 40 people attended the 10 a.m. session, and another was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Continental employs about 180,000 people globally and has 20 tire plants in the United States. The Sumter plant currently has about 500 employees and plans to hire another 1,000, according to company officials.
Representatives from the SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) and ReadySC also were on hand to answer questions about the application and hiring process as those organizations are assisting with recruitment.
After the approximately 45-minute information session with Continental representatives, DEW staff assisted those qualified candidates in completing and submitting online applications. Submitting an application is the first step in the hiring process, which also includes screening through ReadySC, simulation testing and pre-hire training.
Minimum qualifications to work at Continental include a high school diploma or GED and at least one year of manufacturing or production experience.
The company will accept either military experience or the South Carolina Manufacturing Certification (SCMC) in lieu of the one year experience.
The SCMC program is 200 hours and includes classroom and hands-on training in advanced manufacturing skills. It is available at technical colleges throughout the state. Learn more about the program here or at an SC Works center near you.
If you missed one of the information sessions but are still interested in a job with Continental, don’t worry. You can still apply by visiting readysc.org/conti.
If you have recently applied, you can check the status of your application by logging into your readySC account.