University Career Centers
Greenville has more than half a dozen colleges and universities within reach, and, thankfully, organized ways to help you connect with their talented students. Each one has an office dedicated to connecting students with their next internship or employer. For you, that means a more efficient way to tap into emerging talent, and even some help creating a strategy to do so. Start at each schools’ employer page.
Greenville Chamber Young Professionals
The types of people who participate in chamber young professionals programs are often the career-oriented types who make an impact wherever they go. GCYP members, ages 21-39, are no different. They’re thinking long-term. Sponsorship and mentorship are a couple of ways to get started.
Incumbent Worker Training Program
If you can’t find new employees, there is support available to develop new talent out of your current staff. You’ll apply through SC Works Greater Upstate, which comprises centers in Cherokee, Greenville, Spartanburg and Union counties. Through their portal, you can access the state-funded program to help cover the costs of training existing employees on new technology, roles, products, or services within your company.
And while you’re at it, click around and explore more employment help than you probably knew was available. For instance, you can access WorkKeys skills assessments for free rather than paying about $100 a pop for this nationally recognized standard. There’s a motherload more, but every week there are multiple SC Works training sessions where you can learn more virtually or in person.
ReadySC focuses on filling the talent pipeline for organizations that, for the most part, make stuff. If your company is focused on areas such as automotive, food and food processing, textiles, or chemicals, ReadySC is a resource worth looking into. For these industries and more, they can help you find the people you need, but also up-skill the team you’re already working with. You can also access a job board where you can list individual positions or link to your existing careers page. While it’s listed as “tech jobs” the positions cover a much broader spectrum than that.
Don’t skip this one. Many people think of apprenticeships in industrial fields or hand-crafted goods, but that’s the old school version. Apprenticeship Carolina helps employees build staff in areas such as tourism, healthcare, and IT, in addition to advanced manufacturing, energy, transportation, and logistics. And there are many more. On-the-job training might be just the way to help groom prospects into the talent you need, so consider engaging people earlier in their careers. Plus, tax credits and reduced turnover are just a few of the additional reasons to check out the program.
Tech After Five
Okay, it’s a monthly networking event, but it’s actually a good one. In fact, it’s a great one for anybody looking for IT and other tech talent. Picture name tags that tastefully let everyone know who’s hiring and who’s looking to be hired. And even before the event, you can find out who will be in the room and begin making connections. With well over 600 events under their belts, Tech After Five has built a fun and efficient operation highly focused on building community and helping people make as many meaningful connections as possible before heading home.