Work Ethic Certificate Program Overview January 13, 2014 2014 Learning By Design
The Dorchester County Economic Development Department was established in 1989, and is dedicated to - • Recruiting new business • Growing existing industry • Workforce Development • Improving the Dorchester County business climate • We do this by: • Targeting and recruiting key employment opportunities in the Automotive, Aviation/Aerospace & Government Contracting, Bioscience, Marine and Distribution clusters. • And it’s working. According to recently released 2010 Census Data, Dorchester County was the fastest-growing of all South Carolina's 46 counties during the last decade.
Getting Started >>Conducted an existing industry survey >>Survey revealed emerging trends and underlying challenges >>As a result of the survey, an Industrial Workforce Profile was compiled based on input provided by 45 different companies through various interviews.
Participating Industries >>Industry sizes from among the Profile participants ranged from one employee to 1,713 employees, operating in a variety of manufacturing and industrial applications that included the following sectors: >Aerospace >Automotive > BioScience > Composites > Construction > Distribution > Machining > Marine > Recycling
Workforce Barrier Work Ethic >> Dorchester County Industries were asked to comment on those issues most concerning to them. >> The decline of work ethic was identified from this Profile as one of the most significant problems among employers. >> This decline is more prevalent among the 18-30 age group. >> As a potential solution, the Profile recommended a work ethic training program be introduced at the high school level.
2012 Strategic Plan >>Work ethic was also identified as a challenge area in the 2012 Economic Development Strategic Plan. >>Consultants Sanford Holshouser and Applied Marketing recommended adopting a work ethic certificate training program, recognized by employers, for high school students entering the workforce.
Student Work Ethic Performance Standards >>Attendance (Punctuality) >> Character >> Teamwork >> Appearance (Netiquette) >> Attitude (Critical Thinking) >> Productivity >> Organizational Skills >> Communication >> Cooperation >> Respect
Program Benefits >>Certification demonstrates students have achieved another measure of work readiness >>Program ties in nicely with the SC Work Ready Communities initiative >>Initiative helps connect job opportunities for job seekers, create an inventory of skill sets, and has a locally-driven approach
Contact Wendy H. Smith Existing Industry Manager 843.875.9109 firstname.lastname@example.org www.dorchesterforbusiness.com