Workforce System Partners

The workforce is an intricate and complex system that, while seemingly overwhelming and confusing, is actually an ecosystem comprised of a sophisticated structure that drives our economy and touches the life of every citizen.

In South Carolina we are extremely fortunate to have a collaborative system with support services, partnerships and proactive planning among all of the organizations who touch workforce, working in tandem to benefit jobseekers and employers.

SC Works Center Partners

Services of the work centers are coordinated on a local basis by an SC Works center operator who is selected by the Local Workforce Development Board.

As defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I, one-stop centers must include six core partner programs. These are:

  1. Adult Education and Literacy Act Programs
  2. Rehabilitation Act Title I programs
  3. Wagner-Peyser Act employment services
  4. -6. WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs

Centers may offer additional services that vary in each region depending on the availability in that area. There are several agencies and resources housed in a work center that assist in the workforce process. Some examples include:

Additional Partners

In addition to the resources in the work centers and local community and faith based groups, there are several organizations that are integral partners in the workforce system, including but not limited to:

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State Workforce Development Board
Formed to create a competitive workforce advantage
for South Carolina, the board ensures that a quality
and effective workforce system exists to improve the
prosperity of businesses and the lives of South
Carolinians. Members are appointed by the governor.

Local Workforce Development Boards 
Geographical areas are designated by the governor to
provide WIOA services. South Carolina currently has 12
workforce areas, and each Local Workforce Development
Area has a workforce development board.

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Logo for Local Chambers of Commerce. Live link to a listing of statewide local chambers.

Apprenticeship Carolina 
This program works to ensure all employers in South
Carolina have access to the information and technical
assistance they need to create demand-driven registered
apprenticeship programs.

Chambers of Commerce
Located throughout the state, these business networks
help advocate industry needs in a community.

SC Department of Commerce

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S.C. Department of Commerce 
The S.C. Department of Commerce p
romotes economic
opportunity for individuals and businesses through initiatives
like workforce training.

S.C. Department of Corrections 
Together with the S.C. Department of Employment and
Workforce and SC Works, the S.C. Department of Corrections
administers workforce classes for returning citizens to help
them learn how to conduct an effective job search and be an
enthusiastic employee.

SC Department of Education

SC Tech College System

S.C. Department of Education
The S.C. Department of Education is a leader in developing
the future workforce, and an important resource for adults
who need further education to successfully join or contribute
to the workforce.

S.C. Technical College System 
Dedicated to making a quality higher education both accessible
and affordable, the S.C. Technical College System plays a
key role in educating and training South Carolina’s workforce
for the in-demand, high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.