SCDEW partnering with tech schools to offer retraining programs for those seeking unemployment benefits

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is partnering with the state’s technical schools for a new workforce initiative. Under the new partnership, those seeking unemployment benefits in the state will have the opportunity to explore short-term retraining programs offered at their local technical college, instead of conducting a weekly job search.

“Through the power of our technical colleges we have an opportunity to jump ahead ten years through education,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “We have the culture and people who are ready to take the next step forward and we just need to get them trained and ready for work.”

Currently, anyone receiving unemployment assistance is required to present proof each that week that they are actively seeking employment.

The programs will be free for those enrolled.

“As the federal unemployment programs come to an end on June 26, 2021, we want to ensure that claimants have access to all options involving training and employment opportunities. If someone is ready to make a career change, exploring the state technical college programs should be your first step. This free training could lead to a certification or credential, which provides you access into new or higher paying jobs,” said S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey. “And, our agency is making this training more accessible to people who will remain on South Carolina unemployment insurance by relieving those claimants of the weekly work search requirement if they participate in the training.”

According to the Office of the Governor, there are an estimated 82,000 jobs available in South Carolina currently.

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