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On-the-Job Training (OJT) – provides wage/salary reimbursements of 50-90% to employers to compensate for cost associated with training new employees.  OJT offers a solution for businesses that are challenged with hiring, promoting or retaining employees who lack the specialized knowledge to perform their jobs effectively.  SC Works Center staff work with you to determine needs and a customized training plan for eligible employees.  The percentage and length of reimbursement varies by size of your company, specific skills to be acquired for the job, and local workforce area.

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) – helps you stay on the cutting edge and increase productivity and quality by providing employees with needed training in order for the business to remain competitive.  IWT is a training resource to help businesses respond to changing skills requirements caused by new technology, retooling, new product lines, or new organizational structuring.  Contact your local workforce area for more details and funding availability.

Work Experience Program –  is designed to provide job seekers having little to no work experience up to a twelve (12) week program where they work in a real-world job environment. This is intended to give them the opportunity to develop soft skills and work experience that can then be included in a resume for seeking work where experience is required or preferred by employer. All WX participants are paid SC Works Greater Upstate.

Customized Training – provides businesses with training resources that are designed to meet the specific requirements of the business.  Training is conducted by the business itself or a training provider with a commitment by the business to employ/continue to employ an individual upon successful completion of training.

Training costs are reimbursed on a sliding scale based on the company size, with the business providing a matching contribution of no more than 50% of the cost of the training.

Registered apprenticeship – is a time-tested strategy for employee development that combines supervised on-the-job learning with job-related classroom education.  It is an excellent training model for quickly getting new employees up to speed and maximizing the skills of the current workforce.

Apprenticeship programs can be found in a variety of industries including advanced manufacturing, information technology, energy, tourism, transportation and logistics, as well as healthcare, just to name a few.  Registered Apprenticeship provides employers with the unique opportunity to grow its own workforce and the benefits are numerous:

  • Higher skill level among employees
  • Decreased turnover
  • Improved productivity
  • Structures and consistent training
  • A reliable plan for the future
  • State tax credit*

To find out more about Registered Apprenticeship, please call 803-896-5376 or visit