The Available Workforce You Need

Charleston offers the workforce and talent companies need to succeed and grow. Even with recent successes such as Boeing, Volvo, and Daimler expanding in the market, Charleston MSA’s labor pool offers more opportunities for continued business growth. From 2010 - 2015, it has grown 4.5 times faster than the U.S. average and twice as fast as South Carolina’s average.

Highly-skilled workers

that help drive business

12,700 People

ANNUAL NET IN-MIGRATION

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

36,300 candidates

SCREENED & LOOKING FOR SPECIFIC OCCUPATIONS

Source: SC Works

14,800 students

ENROLLED IN HIGH SCHOOL CAREER ACADEMIES

Source: Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Fall 2015

40,000 students

ENROLLED IN AREA COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

Source: Charleston Center for Business Research

AN EDUCATED, FAST-GROWING

TALENT POOL

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

% of population 25+

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE GROWTH

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

three reasons to choose

charleston

Low To No-Cost Training

We offer employers a workforce development advantage, with strong, aligned and collaborative partnerships that support the entire workforce pipeline, including workforce recruiting and training programs, at little or no cost to qualifying companies. For example, since 2010 readySC has trained 4500+ people and helped 21+ companies in the Aerospace/Aviation industry.

Business-friendly incentives

Property tax incentives, sales tax exemptions, and special discretionary incentives at the local and state levels. Plus, there are many ways to reduce, or even eliminate, your company's corporate income taxes.

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Innovative Education

The Charleston region is home to more than 24 colleges and universities that produce highly-skilled talent, drive groundbreaking research and technological breakthroughs, and build a globally competitive market. We are nurturing locally grown innovation, aligning education with business, and commercializing technologies.

Workforce Training

READYSC CUSTOMIZED TRAINING

READYSC CUSTOMIZED TRAINING

State-funded program, readySC is provided at little or no cost. Customized workforce recruitment, assessment, training development, management and implementation services to qualifying companies, from one of the oldest and most experienced workforce training programs in the United States.

SC WORKS EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING SERVICES

SC WORKS EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING SERVICES

Provided through the Trident One-Stop Career System, SC Works offers employment-related services available to both job seekers and employers. Services help eliminate or reduce the costs of employee recruitment, screening and testing, such as WorkKeys®

EXISTING INDUSTRY RETRAINING FUNDS

EXISTING INDUSTRY RETRAINING FUNDS

Supports existing S.C. companies by offsetting a portion of the cost associated with the retraining of qualifying employees. Retraining approved and coordinated by local technical college. Application to the Coordinating Council for Economic Development is required for consideration ($500 application fee)

APPRENTICESHIP CAROLINA

APPRENTICESHIP CAROLINA

Ensures all S.C. employers have access to the information and technical assistance they need to create demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs – an “earn while you learn” training model combining structured on the job training, job-related education, and a scalable wage progression.

EDUCATION-POWERED

innovation

The Charleston region is home to more than 24 colleges and universities that train the local workforce, drive groundbreaking research and technological breakthroughs, and build a globally competitive market.

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