SC introducing state workforce development funding

VIDEO: SC introducing state workforce development funding

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says they have over $1 million to distribute to South Carolina employers for Incumbent Worker Training.

The funding allows employers to retain their employees by providing things like new technology training, updating certifications, or helping them promote employees from entry-level to higher roles.

Businesses will get to choose their training providers and tell the Department of Employment and Workforce which types of training they prefer.

SC Works Business Service Manager Gene Borzendowski says based on business size, employers will be given either 90%, 75% or 50% re-imbursement of the training program of their choice.

“Companies are hiring more people, probably less experienced, just with how tight the hiring market is right now,” Borzendowski said. “So, this is ideal for companies to get some of their entry-level individuals upscaled and into new positions so they can continue to bring in new people to back fill those roles and things like that.”

To qualify, businesses must have at least one full-time employee, be a non-profit or for-profit, and prove they are up-to-date on their state tax obligations.

“We encourage everyone to apply,” Borzendowski said. “It doesn’t matter how big or small your company is.

Borzendowski says they’ll try to help as many businesses as possible in the Trident area.

The application process closes at 4 p.m. on May 14. However, Borzendowski says the earlier people apply, the more information SC Works can gather about applicant’s business.

Those wishing to apply can send information about their business and employees to Sharong@bcdcog.com.

Employers are usually notified within a few weeks if they received funding.

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