SC Works offers various opportunities employers can use to re-train their workforce or train a new employee.

Incumbent Worker Training

Apply for Incumbent Worker Training Funds

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) provides resources for businesses to train currently employed workers in an effort to keep businesses and workers competitive. IWT funds training needed in current businesses due to expansion, new technology, retooling, new services/product lines and new organizational structuring or as part of a layoff aversion strategy. IWT may also fund training in new businesses if those jobs are ineligible for assistance through readySC™. However, there will be a waiting period of 120 days for new or expanding businesses that displaced workers elsewhere in the United States.

Businesses that have at least one full-time employee and are current on all state tax obligations can receive reimbursements for training expenses ranging from basic academic skills to company-specific skills and industry certifications.

WorkLink solicits applications annually. Please check back here to find out about current solicitations.

To learn more about the IWT Program or to inquire if WorkLink is currently accepting IWT Applications, contact Jennifer Campbell at (864) 646-1458 or via email at

On-the-Job Training

On-The-Job-Training can help businesses with the cost of hiring and training new employees.

OJT helps businesses…

  • Find Quality Workers & Avoid Costly Hiring Mistakes
  • Save Money Screening & Assessing New Recruits
  • Save Money Training New Employees
  • Reduce Turnover

What kinds of jobs qualify for OJT jobs?

OJT contracts have been written for a wide variety of jobs, including many in these industries:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Health Care
  • Automotive
  • Hospitality
  • Biotechnology
  • Information
  • Construction Technology
  • Energy
  • Retail
  • Financial services
  • Transportation

What training costs will the OJT program pay for?

The OJT Program will pay either 50% (for companies with more than 250 employees) or 75% (for companies with 1 to 250 employees) of a worker s wages during a training period of up to 480 hours (12 weeks). The length of the training period varies according to the skill level required for the job.

A contract for a machine operator that requires 480 hours of training and pays $15 per hour would result in a $5,400 reimbursement (of a total of $7,200 in paid wages) for a small employer or a reimbursement of $3,600 for a large employer.

On-the-Job Training (OJT) is available to defray the cost of training new employees. WorkLink will reimburse a company for 50 to 75 percent of the training wages for six to 12 weeks of training new hires who are eligible for WIOA services.

Contact Lillian Cleveland for more information at (864) 506-1055 or via email:


Apprenticeship Carolina works to ensure all employers in South Carolina have access to the information and technical assistance they need to create demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs. At no cost to the employer, apprenticeship consultants are available to guide companies through the registered apprenticeship development process from initial information to full recognition in the national Registered Apprenticeship System.

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an earn while you learn training model that combines structured on the job training, job related education, and a scalable wage progression.

To learn more visit: Apprenticeship Carolina

Other Resources

SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP)

Find help with reviewing your business plan and processes, and determine what your training needs are.

To learn more visit:

American Job Center