Enabling Legislation: WorkLink Workforce Development Board (WDB) develops the link between employers and employees in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.
Our volunteer board of directors ensures that the local workforce development system is market-driven and responsible in meeting the employment and training needs of businesses and job seekers. The board implements the “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014” in partnership with local service providers and through a comprehensive SC Works system that provides access points for employment and training services.
Our goal is to have a fully employed, skilled workforce, and to that end, we help job seekers find the tools to build their careers, and we work with businesses to hire quality employees. WorkLink funds programs for adults, dislocated workers, youth, and supports employers through On-the-Job and Incumbent Worker Training programs.
Mission Statement – WorkLink develops the link between employers / businesses, and the workforce.
Core Purpose – We strive to improve the workforce and the quality of life in Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties by being the vehicle for workforce development in Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens, South Carolina.
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.
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.
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.