Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Ray Turner, Workforce Development Team

CHARLESTON, S.C. - There is help for businesses in South Carolina who are struggling to provide training for their new hires and retain their workforce. The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce recently announced it has over $1 million to distribute to South Carolina employers for incumbent workers’ training. This funding will allow employers to retain their employees by providing them new technology and updated certification trainings. These funds can also help employers promote employees from entry-level to higher roles within their organizations.

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

In an interview with Live 5 News, SC Works Business Service Manager Gene Borzendowski said, “Based on business size, employers will be given either 90%, 75% or 50% re-imbursements for the training programs of their choice.”  As unemployment continues to recover in South Carolina, Borzendowski said, “Companies are hiring more people, probably with less experience. 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.”

The size of individual companies does not matter. To qualify, businesses must have at least one full-time employee, be nonprofit or for-profit, and prove they are current with regard to their state tax obligations. All businesses are encouraged to apply. The application process closes at 4 p.m. on May 14, 2021. Those wishing to apply can send information about their business and employees to [email protected].

More resources can also be found on SC Works website.

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**Portions of this blog were sourced from a Live 5 News article originally posted on April 28.