Midlands Workforce Development Project
In October 2015, historic flooding hit our local community in Columbia, South Carolina. This disaster left many qualified workers without employment and South Carolina disaster relief organizations in desperate need of help. SC Works – Midlands had candidates seeking employment, and grant funding to employ eligible workers at the designated work sites. However, the organization needed a reliable, effective third-party agency that could match candidates to the appropriate position based on their skill sets, and provide employer services such as on-boarding and payroll management.
Recruiting Solutions was selected as a partner with the Midlands Workforce Development Board to provide its comprehensive employer services to eligible candidates and work sites. Recruiting Solutions met with the organizations individually to discuss their culture, mission, and the positions to be filled. Potential candidates were interviewed by Recruiting Solutions’ staffing specialists, reference-checked, matched for interviews and ultimately placed at the approved work sites.
As of June 2016, Recruiting Solutions has placed more candidates for the WIOA program than any other agency in the state. The work sites for these positions ranged from Richland to Berkeley County. Candidates were placed in a wide range of positions, including administrative and clerical, general warehouse, call center, and disaster relief case management roles.
The majority of employees are still working through Recruiting Solutions and the WIOA program. Those who are no longer enrolled in the program have either been hired on permanently by their organizations, or have found other employment through the connections they made while in the program.
The combined efforts of Recruiting Solutions and the Midlands Workforce Development Board have given employees the chance to hone their work experience and develop new skills, transition back into the workforce, and contribute to ongoing disaster recovery efforts throughout South Carolina.