South Carolina is striving to be the first state in the nation to certify all of its counties as Work Ready.
Recently two more counties, Charleston and Lancaster, have received certification bringing the number of certified counties to 41. Counties received certification through the South Carolina Work Ready Communities (SCWRC) initiative by meeting specified workforce and education goals.
This initiative has helped attract international business development by providing a robust workforce pipeline. Employers connect to a skilled workforce which them hire the right people for their jobs by drawing candidates from a pool of qualified applicants.
“The Work Ready initiative is providing employers with a skilled workforce, which is driving the state’s employment number where, in August, we saw more people working than any time in the our state’s history. Companies are deciding that South Carolina is a great place to do business,” said Cheryl M. Stanton, Executive Director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.
Individuals receive a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) that documents potential employees’ skills showing they have the fundamental skills needed to succeed. Businesses can recommend or prefer that individuals have an NCRC. The South Carolina Work Ready Community initiative provides a framework to strengthen economic development using a community-based approach, grounded in certifying counties as work ready.
A business interested in supporting the Work Ready effort, it can become a S.C. Certified Work Ready Community Business Champion by:
- Profiling key jobs (job profiling is a job analysis system that identifies the exact skill levels required for success in a given position).
- Using job profiles and the NCRC as part of your hiring and training process.
- Sharing with others how your company is benefiting from participating.
A map of South Carolina’s 41 certified counties is available here.
For additional information, visit www.scworkready.org.