Training to fill the most in-demand jobs

Business programs that help maintain a highly-skilled workforce as well as develop their workforce pipeline early so the workforce is ready when you are.

Regional Workforce Training Programs



The state’s highly-regarded readySC program, a division of the SC Technical College System, offers an innovative program that provides recruiting and training assistance to companies that are expanding or looking to move to South Carolina. The program works with the state’s 16 technical colleges to develop a training curriculum tailored to meet a company’s workforce requirements – at no cost to that company. More than a quarter-million workers have been trained since the program’s inception.


Apprenticeship CarolinaTM Program

The mission of the Apprenticeship Carolina™ program is to ensure that all employers in the state have access to the assistance they need to create their own registered apprenticeship programs. Companies with registered programs earn a $1,000 South Carolina state tax credit for each registered apprentice employee who works at least seven months during each year. Students and young adults have the opportunity to work with participating companies across a diverse array of industries from advanced manufacturing to hospitality and healthcare.


Enterprise Zone Retraining Credit Program

Manufacturing companies located in South Carolina may have the opportunity to utilize the Job Retraining Tax Credit (E-Zone) program. This program reimburses companies for certain training and education provided to employees. Following approval by the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, companies may claim a credit of $1,000 per employee against withholding taxes.  More information available at:

Incumbent Worker Training

Funds may be available to train current employees to meet changing skill requirements due to new technology, restructuring, new product lines, and other factors. An employer match is required. Funding priority is given to training that will lead to significant upgrades in employee skills or wages that will result in layoff aversion and better retention opportunities. Funding for this program is allocated annually.

On-the-Job Training

On-the-job training provides wage or salary reimbursement from 50- 90% (depending on the size of the business) to compensate for costs associated with training new employees. The percentage and length of reimbursement vary based on the size of the company, the specific skills to be acquired for the job and the local workforce area

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