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Project Pioneer: Ideas To Address Your Workforce Challenges

March 18, 2019

Project Pioneer

Project Pioneer is an ongoing, statewide labor study. Its initial implementation included hundreds of existing industry interviews and polling of thousands of South Carolina workers. Analysis of the primary data generated these ideas to assist executives, operations managers, human resource directors and trainers in addressing workforce challenges:

Improve the Work Environment

Today’s manufacturing facilities are often clean, safe and interesting places to work. But Project Pioneer tells us that the myth of the dirty, dangerous, repetitive manufacturing operation is still alive. To attract and keep employees, seek to promote a clean, safe work environment in your facility.

Engage your Local SC Technical College System Partner

South Carolina boasts sixteen technical colleges. Many South Carolina companies are engaged with their local technical college. Many still are not. If your facility does not have a relationship with its technical college, and wishes to start one, please contact our business retention/expansion manager Andrew Folks (afolks@scpowerteam.com). He will help you make the right connection.

Tell Your Story to High Schools (and Middle Schools)

To really get ahead in the talent recruitment game, you need to start early. Employers who reported engagement with their local K-12 systems in their Project Pioneer interviews also shared that those efforts were yielding results. Telling your story – what you manufacture and the opportunities in your facility – to K-12 students helps them, their instructors and their families see opportunity with your company. The South Carolina Department of Education maintains a robust school directory online. Connect by clicking here and finding the schools in your location – the first step towards a stronger connection to the youth in your community.


The South Carolina Power Team is a full-service, non-profit economic development organization representing South Carolina’s 20 consumer owned electric cooperatives and Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. The South Carolina Power Team initiated, and now maintains, Project Pioneer on behalf of its representatives and at the direction of its Board. Initial funding for Project Pioneer came from South Carolina’s 20 electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper.