The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce will be able to fund many more apprenticeships in the future for youth with barriers to employment thanks to a $119,000 grant from the South Carolina Workforce Development Board.
“We are pleased to partner with the Charleston Metro Chamber to help them provide opportunities to people who must overcome employment barriers every day," State Workforce Development Chair Mikee Johnson said. "The state workforce board has placed an emphasis on the development of apprenticeship opportunities as they are a proven method of producing a highly skilled and productive workforce. All of this makes South Carolina an exceptional place to do business.”
The apprenticeships will be offered through the chamber's Youth Apprenticeship Program, which was launched in August 2014 and is operated in partnership with Trident Technical College. The program matches high school juniors with apprenticeships at five local manufacturing firms; the students attend classes at Trident two or three days per week, taking dual credit classes in specific fields, and work as apprentices at the companies about 10 hours a week.
During their summer vacation between their junior and senior years, the students work full-time at the companies as paid apprentices.