The WorkLink Workforce Development Board is an organization governed by a volunteer board of directors responsible for developing policy and overseeing local workforce development initiatives in partnership with the local elected officials. In South Carolina, there are 12 Workforce Development Area Boards with representatives appointed from all 46 counties.
How to Get Appointed
Members of the Board are appointed by the chief elected officials of their respective county in accordance with criteria established by the Governor. WDB membership includes representatives from business and industry, education agencies, community-based organizations, economic development agencies, public employment service, public assistance agencies, vocational rehabilitation, and labor organizations.
If you would like more information about joining the board, contact WorkLink at (864) 646-1515, Relay Service Dial 711 (TTY).
The Board’s Function
The Board’s main function is to serve as a point of contact for business, industry, and labor to communicate their workforce needs. Service on the Board also includes the following:
- Provide a forum where private and public sector leaders jointly consider workforce development needs of the region;
- Promote strategies to encourage life-long learning to improve workplace skills;
- Assist in the development of new training programs to benefit the region’s workforce ;
- Conduct planning, oversight, and evaluation of local workforce development programs, including the local One Stop Career Center System;
- Offer advice regarding workforce policy and programs to local elected officials, employers, education and employment agencies and citizens;
- Coordinate with the economic development efforts and activities to promote the region’s availability of qualified workers and promotes cooperation and coordination among public organization, education agencies and private businesses;
- Review local agency plans and grant applications for workforce development programs to ensure coordination of services and achievement of local goals can be attained.