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State Workforce Development Board

On behalf of the Governor, the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) provides direction to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce and the workforce system on workforce development issues, particularly those pertaining to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The board is comprised of a majority of business leaders. Other members include legislators of the South Carolina Senate and House, local elected officials, workforce partners and representatives of community-based organizations. Members of the board are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

The mission of the South Carolina Workforce Development Board is to create a competitive workforce advantage for South Carolina by ensuring that a quality and effective workforce system exists in order to improve the prosperity of businesses and the lives of South Carolinians.

In April 2017, the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) came together to develop the board strategic plan. The board, while developing the strategic plan, had several goals including evaluating the current economic demands, implementing value-added processes and assessing strategies and future goals. The major goal of SWDB’s plan is to guide the board’s focus on growing the capacity and performance of the state’s workforce system. To view the 2017-2020 strategic plan, click the link below.

For information pertaining to the meetings held by SWDB, click here.

In addition to providing direction about workforce development, SWDB identifies, invests in and supports proven and successful strategies through a skilled workforce for current and emerging jobs through workforce grant opportunities. Click here to learn more about SWDB funding opportunities.


Amended State Workforce Development Board Bylaws (effective September 26, 2019)

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