Workforce Development

The South Carolina Department of Commerce is committed to ensuring that South Carolinians have the education and training necessary to fill the most in-demand jobs. This section provides valuable insight into workforce resources offered in the state of South Carolina.

The Workforce System Can Assist With:

  • Finding qualified employees
  • Employee retention
  • Training programs through the technical/community colleges
  • Apprenticeships through the Apprenticeship Carolina Program

Regional Workforce Advisors

Twelve regional advisors bring together educators and business leaders to strengthen our labor pool, enhancing South Carolina’s workforce.

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The readySC™ program, offered through the South Carolina Technical College System, can coordinate training needs at no cost for eligible new or expanding companies throughout the state. The program works with the state’s 16 technical colleges to develop training curriculum tailored to meet a company’s workforce requirements. More than a quarter million workers have been trained since the program's inception.



Apprenticeship Carolina Program

Apprenticeship Carolina’s primary mission is to ensure that all employers in South Carolina have access to the information and technical assistance they need to create their own demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs by working with the 16 technical colleges across the state. 

Apprenticeship Carolina


Enterprise Zone Retraining Credit Program

Manufacturing companies located in South Carolina may have the opportunity to utilize the Job Retraining Tax Credit (E-Zone) program in order to be reimbursed for certain training and education provided to employees. Subsequent to approval by the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, companies may claim a credit of $1,000 per employee credit against withholding taxes. 

Enterprise Zone Retraining Credit Program


Incumbent Worker Training

Funds may be available to train current employees to meet changing skill requirements due to new technology, restructuring, new product lines and many other factors. An employer match is required. Funding priority is given to training that will lead to significant upgrades in employee skills or wages, or that will result in layoff aversion and better retention opportunities. Funding for this program is allocated annually.


On-the-Job Training

On-the-Job training provides wage/salary reimbursement of up to 50-90% (depending on the size of the business) to compensate for costs associated with training new employees. The percentage and length of reimbursement varies by the size of a company, specific skills to be acquired for the job and local workforce area.


SC WorkReady Communities Initiative

The SC Work Ready Communities initiative provides a verifiable pool of workplace skills and is a tool used to measure the quality and capability of a county’s workforce. The basic infrastructure builds upon ACT WorkKeys®-a valid jobs skills assessment system-and the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC is certifies workplace competencies in Applied Math, Reading for Information and Locating Information. 

SC WorkReady