linking partners, resources and talent

Training

In a thriving economy, training employees can be a challenge. It is critical to identify resources and strategies available to support industry specific needs. In an effort to align those resources and strategies under one platform, Link Upstate was formed. The site was developed in an effort to share information, eliminate duplication and identify best practices. Workforce partners, as identified, each have the opportunity to share, explore, and implement as a collaborative group. As a business partner, this site offers insight on strategies that may solve some of your most difficult training challenges and provide an opportunity to share what you envision as a solution.  

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Training Strategies

Incumbent Worker Training

Provides funding for 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. Business match is required.  There will be a waiting period of 120 days for new or expanding businesses that displaced workers elsewhere in the United States. IWT is funded by the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Rapid Response Funded Incumbent Worker Training

Is your company experiencing a decline in sales? Do you foresee a layoff in the near future?  Rapid Response Incumbent Worker Training provides funding for training existing workers related to layoff aversion. There will be a waiting period of 120 days for new or expanding businesses that displaced workers elsewhere in the United States. IWT is funded by the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 


Scholarships

There are training opportunities available through our workforce partners.  To learn more  about these programs, reach out to your local SC Works Center, Vocational Rehabilitation or Goodwill Job Connection.

Job Profiling

Identify skills gaps and provide remediation tools for existing workers. 

Apprenticeships

 Combine educational and on-the-job training opportunities, provide wage progression and present clear career pathways. If registered with the Department of Labor, tax incentives may be available.  
 

Soft Skills

It is no secret that soft skills are one of the most desired set of skills by all employers. SC Works, the umbrella agency of many workforce partners offers soft skill workshops to those seeking better opportunities or seeking employment. Workshops are currently available covering the following content: financial stability, resume writing, communication, interviewing and follow up, social media, How to Keep your Job, and Working a Job Fair. Local high schools and community colleges have also built soft skill content into their existing curriculum.