Soft Skills: S.C. Job Ready U. curriculum is available

Soft skills are important attributes in today’s workforce. But most businesses don’t have the time or resources to develop the skills on their own.

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) has launched its online soft skills curriculum, South Carolina Job Ready U., available at no cost to you. The curriculum was created through collaboration between many South Carolina state agencies, educational and business partners and local workforce areas. The Clemson Workforce Development Center designed the curriculum and is now hosting and managing it online.

The S.C. Job Ready U. Soft Skills Curriculum provides state partners, businesses and educational entities the opportunity to enhance their clients’, students’ and employees’ abilities through 11 skills modules.

The 11 skills modules include:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Location Information
  • Critical Thinking/Analytic Skills
  • Basic Math
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Introduction to computing
  • Computer Application and Skills-Word
  • Computer Application and Skills-PowerPoint
  • Computer Application and Skills- Excel
  • Basic Employability
  • Professional Work Ethic

This 11-module curriculum addresses key workplace skills that are appropriate for every job, such as basic math and work ethic. S.C. Job Ready U. has two soft skills modules, Basic Employability and Professional Work Ethic that highlight specific skill sets to build a better employee. Soft skills are important attributes such as communication skills, time management and problem solving skills.

Through video lectures, virtual reality, robust open textbooks (ebooks) and interactive assessments, the participants of S.C. Job Ready U. will learn the success skills outlined by the curriculum.

The online curriculum is available for use at no cost to jobseekers, existing workers and businesses as a resource to strengthen any organization’s workforce.

If you are interested in using this complimentary curriculum, it requires is an appointed administer, two instructors and a designee. There is a training that has to be completed prior to utilizing the curriculum, but once it has been completed Job Ready U. will be available for use.

This curriculum is an additional method of training, but does not replace any existing programs, such as Career Readiness 101 that prepares jobseekers for WorkKeys testing.

If you are interested in participating in this program, contact Towanna Hicks at THicks@dew.sc.gov.