SC Work Ready Communities

Economic Development

How is Work Ready Communities useful for economic development?

The ability to quantify and qualify the skill level of your workforce is a powerful tool in any economic developer’s bag. For the first time ever, South Carolina is making that possible with real-time workforce skill data.

ACT and South Carolina are reporting information on actual NCRCs earned at the county level, also broken down by workforce demographic. This new system creates a universally-accepted inventory of area workforce assets and skills that communities can advertise to attract new businesses and investment. The county-level data helps economic development authorities target their resources and address specific local opportunities for workforce engagement and improvement.

In short, Certified Work Ready Communities enables existing business and industry to thrive and creates an attractive environment for new business investment.

Benefits

  • Improved high school graduation rates
  • Helps existing companies grow and add new jobs
  • New business and investment attraction
  • Competitive advantage over other areas
  • Improved focus on local business climate
  • Stronger regional and cross-sector collaboration

 

By framing workforce readiness in economic development terms, South Carolina’s Work Ready Communities program brings together employment (employers; workforce system), education (all levels of schools systems) and economic development (local & regional development organizations; all levels of government) in successful and powerful coalitions. The shared and compelling goal of a certified workforce unites all players.

When will data showcasing the communities’ workforce be available?

South Carolina county specific data regarding earned National Career Readiness Certificates is available on the ACT Work Ready Communities website. This information is updated monthly.

Can the search within the data be expanded to neighboring communities?

This feature will be available soon. The South Carolina Work Ready Communities project will integrate a geographical information system (GIS) within this website by early 2013 that will enable economic development professionals the ability to access the workforce within a 50 mile radius of a specific location.

Successful economic development strategies center around showcasing an area’s workforce capabilities. The SCWRC initiative enables counties to demonstrate that they have a ready workforce that is skilled, productive, and globally competitive.

- Bobby Hitt, SC Secretary of Commerce