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Workforce Development Services



Consistently Ranked as a top Training Program in America for the past 50 years!

 readySCT is an integral part of the SC Technical College System. The program provides qualifying companies relocating to or expanding in South Carolina with well-trained and highly motivated employees. This is accomplished through a comprehensive and customized process that includes recruiting, screening, and training for companies creating new jobs with competitive wages and benefits for our state.

Customized solutions for new and expanding companies.

readySC is one of the nation's premier economic development training programs. Since 1961, it has helped thousands of companies start-up quickly and efficiently by providing custom-designed workforce recruiting and training solutions.  What's more, the services provided by readySC are at no cost to qualifying companies.

Unmatched start-up expertise.

South Carolina offers more than just quality workforce development training. readySC offers unmatched start-up expertise. The program helps over 100 organizations each year successfully start-up new operations or expand existing facilities in South Carolina. readySC is often credited with the ultimate success of client companies' start-up initiatives. Whether your organization is creating 20 jobs or 2,000, readySC knows how to match its expertise to your organization's specific skills requirements and time frames.

A unique project management approach.

readySC takes a unique approach providing project management staff for the duration of your start-up or expansion. You will have a local, knowledgeable project manager that understands the scope of your project - the challenges, the deadlines and all the tasks essential for meeting your workforce recruiting and training goals.

An innovative training development model.

readySC's proven training development model consists of three phases - Discovery, Design and Delivery.  Each designed to make certain your workforce has the right knowledge, skills and abilities for project success.

An unwavering commitment to flexibility and responsiveness.

readySC understands that not all variables are known and that plans change at the last minute with little warning. That's why readySC is structured to adapt to these changes and respond to your needs and time frames - no matter how tight. The program's end goal is a successful project for your organization.

A real economic value for your organization.

readySC's many services culminate into a real economic value for your organization. The benefits are numerous -a quick, successful startup; reduced turnover; a qualified, motivated workforce; seamless transfer of knowledge from your existing organizations; and delivering world-class recruiting and training solutions customized specifically for your organization.

readySC delivers value - at no cost to you.

R. Kent Bedenbaugh
Area Director

803.896.5349 (w)        803.463.5872 (c)



A registered apprenticeship provides employers with the unique opportunity to grow their own workforce.   It is an employer-sponsored flexible training program that cultivates highly skilled workers who meet the workforce demands of a competitive global economy.  At no cost to your organization, an apprenticeship consultant will guide you through the registered apprenticeship development process from initial information to full recognition in the National Registered Apprenticeship System. 

Eligible businesses can receive a South Carolina tax credit of $1,000 per apprentice per year for up to four years.  The benefits of registered apprenticeship are numerous, including a higher skill level among all employees; decreased turnover; improved productivity; structured and consistent training; a reliable plan for the future and a state tax credit. 

Apprenticeship Carolina™, an integral part of the SC Technical College System, works to ensure all South Carolina employers have access to the information and technical assistance they need to create demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs.  To find out more about Apprenticeship Carolina™ and whether an apprenticeship program is right for your organization, please contact:

Brad Neese
Phone: 803-896-5376      Cell: 803-917-6106       Email:


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The Midlands OneStop System works with new and existing industry to identify skilled workers and place them in employment with your company.  The Midlands OneStop team brings together a multitude of workforce development partners including Workforce Investment Act programs and services, under one roof to help with all of your employment needs.

Lexington Workforce Center

Wendy Wright
Director of Operations

671 Main Street
West Columbia, SC 29170
Phone: 803-359-6131



Business Services

WorkKeys Profiling

WorkKeys Assessment

Incumbent Worker Training Program

Employed Worker Training

On-the-Job Training

Customized Training


Midlands Workforce Development

Steve Knight

Business Cell: 803-447-3399