By SEANNA ADCOX
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's unemployment agency is seeking $15 million for a workforce initiative that officials say will train thousands of people annually for existing jobs.
The Department of Employment and Workforce will make its budget requests Tuesday to a House panel.
Details of the initiative Gov. Nikki Haley announced during her State of the State address are still being worked out.
But agency officials say it will help those who don't qualify for the state's decades-old ReadySC training program, which is tied to job-recruitment efforts.
The new initiative has two parts. Businesses having trouble finding skilled workers could partner with a local technical college. Eligible people can have their training paid upfront by the state. But Haley says the worker would have to pay it back after getting a job.