What is an SC Works Center?
SC Works Centers are the heart of the new workforce investment system emerging under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). These centers provide many services so that workers, job seekers and businesses can find the services they need under one roof in easy-to-reach locations. SC Works Centers are designed to help businesses find qualified workers and help job seekers and workers obtain employment and training services to advance their careers.
Information and services include:
- Job listings
- Internet access
- Labor market information
- Resume writing assistance
- Free fax service
- Job search workshops
- Job placement services
- Community resource information
- Adult education and literacy programs
- Vocational rehabilitation services
- Senior employment assistance
- Post-secondary education
- Trade Adjustment Act
- Veterans employment and training
- Community-based agency assistance
- Unemployment insurance
- Assessment of skills
- Assistance with layoffs
- ADA compliance and accommodation information
Is there a fee for using SC Works Centers?
The Lowcountry Workforce Investment Board and center partners provide basic services at no cost. Some educational and training programs have fees.
Do I need to make an appointment to use the resources in SC Works Centers?
Most SC Works services are available on a walk-in basis. Feel free to drop in during regular hours. You can help yourself to the resources available in the center. Reservations may be needed for workshops and specialized services.
What kind of jobs do you have?
SC Works Centers can help people discover job listings in the local area and around the country. All types of jobs are listed through America?s Job Bank. Additional listings are found on Internet sites and in newspapers. Explore the Job Seekers link to find more information.
What is WIA and whom do I contact to find out more information about WIA?
The Workforce Investment Act is a federal program, administered at the local level, to help people who are unemployed or underemployed obtain or retain employment. Services include access to job listings, career information, labor market information, and information on services available in the community through the partners located in SC Works Centers. To learn more about career counseling and job training programs offered through the Workforce Investment Act, click here to access the WIA Information Sessions schedule.
Will you help me write a resume?
Workshops on a variety of topics are conducted at the SC Works Centers to help job seekers improve their skills when searching for a job. These topics include resume preparation, interviewing skills, learning to use the computer, application completion and many other classes dealing with your job search. Centers also have computer software to help you prepare a resume and cover letter. Click here to view the Workshop schedule.
How do I get a job listed?
You are welcome to fax, e-mail or call in a job order. There is a form that has standard information on it, but we can take information from you on your own form. Click here for contact information about our Job Listing Services.
Can I get my job posted on the Internet?
All jobs are posted on the Internet (unless you specify otherwise). The job listings become part of America?s Job Bank the largest employment site on the web.
If I post a job, will applicants contact me?
You specify how you want to be contacted. You may list a job without your organization name. Only applicants who meet the specifications you set will be referred to you. If you like, applications and resumes can be gathered for you.
We have a company policy of using staffing agencies. Can we still use the system?
Job listings are taken from any employer including staffing agencies. To recruit additional applicants, you may want to encourage your staffing agency to list with the system
What kind of job applicants do you have on file?
SC Works Centers serve the general public. People with a wide range of experience and abilities utilize them. One-third of Center clients is already working and is looking to make a career change. SC Works Centers have access to a large pool of skilled workers who are not currently working due to plant closures.
What services do you have for new or small businesses?
All businesses large or small are given the same attention. Small businesses might be especially interested in recruitment and screening services. By listing a job with the system, you can save the expense of an advertisement and avoid the hassles of being contacted by unqualified applicants. Interview space, copiers, fax machines and computers are available for companies who wish to interview at the Center.
How much do services cost?
Most basic services are provided at no cost through the Lowcountry Workforce Investment Board and partner agencies.