Labor & Workforce

On December 18, 2014, Williamsburg County became a Certified Work Ready Community, achieving 100% of its goals. The foundation of a community’s certification is based on individuals at the county level across the current, transitioning and emerging workforce earning a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and employers recognizing the NCRC. The NCRC is a portable, industry-recognized credential that clearly identifies an individual’s WorkKeys® skills in reading for information, applied math and locating information. Skills required for 77 percent of jobs based on ACT JobPro database.

We all have a stake in making our county more competitive and closing the skills gap that threatens our economy. Change starts at the grassroots level, by providing a community-based framework that:

  • Links workforce development to education
  • Aligns with the economic development needs of communities, regions and states
  • Matches individuals to jobs based on skill levels

The benefits to engaging in the Certified Work Ready Community movement are many, but there are a few key items to note:

  • Provides connectivity for all workforce development efforts via common county level initiative
  • Creates a universally-accepted inventory of area workforce assets and skills that communities can advertise to attract new businesses and investments: Proof of the quality of the workforce
  • Provides county-level data that helps counties target their resources and address specific local opportunities for workforce engagement and improvement
  • Creates opportunity to leverage stackable credential that forms the basic building block for career pathways built through public-private partnerships between education and industry: grassroots, collaborative approach with systemic alignment to state resources

Achieving this certification was only the beginning. Now as a Certified Work Ready Community:

  • Businesses and industries know exactly what foundational skills they need for a productive workforce – and to easily communicate their needs
  • Individuals understand what skills are required by employers – and how to prepare themselves for success
  • Economic developers use an on-demand reporting tool to market the quality of their workforce

Williamsburg County is on the move to meet the workforce development needs of its citizens. Williamsburg County simply works better when our federal, state, local government, county council, elected officials, staff and everyday citizens get involved and put people over politics to make our county better.

County supervisor Stanley S. Pasley along with Lieutenant Governor Yancey McGill and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Henry McMaster