With South Carolina’s unemployment rate near historic lows, state officials say the workforce system has to work harder to ensure a skilled labor force is available for new and expanding businesses.
The State Workforce Development Board (SWDB), the governor’s arm for workforce development, has approved a three-year strategic plan to build a cohesive, collaborative and innovative workforce system.
“This plan sets forth objectives and strategies that will serve as a blueprint for the board’s commitment to continuously develop a skilled talent pipeline that meets the needs of business and promotes a sustainable economy, while providing South Carolinians with a livable wage,” the board’s Governance Committee chairman Pat Michaels said in a release.
The board has identified four strategic objectives to meet in order to become the catalyst in building a stronger workforce across South Carolina. Those objectives are:
· Identify, invest in and support educational and developmental strategies to better prepare a skilled workforce for current and emerging jobs.
· Align resources, policies and strategies between state, local and regional systems to continuously improve outcomes for businesses, individuals and partners.
· Identify current and future workforce needs of South Carolina business and industry to support career pathways in growth sectors.
· Engage job seekers, employers and other workforce partners through marketing and outreach and articulate a value proposition specific to each.
The plan will allow the board to focus its efforts on growing the capacity and performance of the state’s workforce system.