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Greenville Region Workforce Collaborative

The Upstate region is poised to add another 7,000 jobs over the next few years, however, the labor force has limited workers with the core skills to compete for and win the jobs that require the enhanced skills of industry. To address the skills gap that exists in Greenville today, several organizations came together to form the Greenville Region Workforce Collaborative.

The collaborative was formed to raise, coordinate, and direct funding and advocacy in support of workforce partnerships that develop career pathways, linking low income workers with sustainable employment in industry that is critical to the region. The collaborative is implementing a dual approach to workforce development and training that focuses equally on the employers and their personnel needs and the potential employee and their skill development. The participating organizations include:

  • City of Greenville
  • Greenville Area Development Corporation
  • Greenville Chamber
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Greenville County Workforce Investment Board
  • Greenville Technical College
  • Greenville Works
  • Personal Pathways for Success
  • readySC
  • South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
  • South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • University Center of Greenville

In response to employers’ and low-skill workers’ needs, the collaborative created a workforce development initiative, a skills development initiative to equip low-skilled members of our community’s workforce with the knowledge and confidence they need for in-demand job enhancement and future, long-term success. Through this initiative, employers receive well trained entry-level workers who possess the critical skills needed for their businesses' success. 

The collaborative seeks to accomplish the following:

  • Low-skill workers develop in-demand, marketable skills
  • Workers find and retain employment with sustainable salaries, benefits and career ladders
  • Valued employers in growth industries find and retain skilled workers
  • Capacity and resources for education and skills training are enhanced
  • Public policies that improve economic opportunity are promoted and secured