Kershaw County is now “Work Ready.”
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley recently announced Kershaw County as one of three counties to be named by S.C. Work Ready Communities as having met the workforce and education standards to be recognized as a “Work Ready” county. Georgetown and York counties are also “Work Ready” certified now.
In a S.C. Department of Employment Workforce (SCDEW) press release, Haley said a strong workforce is vital to the state’s economic future.
“We have always said that our state’s greatest asset is our workforce, because of the hardworking, skilled people who call South Carolina home,” Haley said. “The fact that Kershaw, Georgetown and York have now joined 33 other counties by being certified as work ready proves that all of Team South Carolina is hard at work towards providing our citizens with opportunity and our companies with the best workforce in the world.”
SCDEW Executive Director Cheryl M. Stanton said a well-prepared workforce is something for which to be especially proud.
“We celebrate what this means for these counties and for this state. With the Work Ready initiative, and a continuing commitment to skilled workforce development, it is not surprising that employment numbers have been at historic highs over the past year,” Stanton said. “Companies continue to expand and choose South Carolina as the place to do business.”
Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the county has long realized the value of a strong workforce and the Work Ready designation is an honor.
“Kershaw County has consistently stressed the need for a trained and ready workforce as essential for economic development,” Carpenter said. “This announcement illustrates the efforts that we have been placing and will continue to place to provide that workforce.”
According to the SCDEW press release, the South Carolina Work Ready Community initiative provides a framework to strengthen economic development using a community-based approach, grounded in certifying counties as work ready. To reach Work Ready status, a county must reach or exceed goals in earning National Career Readiness Certificates, must engage in business support and must meet or exceed the three-year graduation rate.