When it comes to aerospace success, workforce is everything. Access to South Carolina’s highly-skilled and productive workforce has long attracted world-class companies seeking to locate or expand. Year after year, CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business study ranks South Carolina’s workforce among the top ten.
- Right-to-work state with the nation’s second lowest overall unionization rate (3.4%) and manufacturing unionization rate (1.6%).
- High concentration of industrial and mechanical engineers and technicians, engine and machine assemblers, computer controlled machine tool operators, machinists and materials scientists.
- Large number of retired and ex-military personnel and defense contractors with experience and expertise in aerospace and aviation. More than 160,000 veterans under the age of 55 reside in South Carolina.
South Carolina supports its aerospace companies through investments in nationally recognized workforce training programs.
Through readySC, South Carolina’s 16 technical colleges provide companies with customized recruiting, screening and training programs at little or no cost. Since its inception in 1961, this nationally recognized workforce training program has served more than 2,000 companies and trained more than 266,000 workers.
This program connects employers in the state with information and assistance to create apprenticeship programs that fit their labor needs. Apprenticeship Carolina has been recognized nationally by the United States Department of Labor and the Community College Futures Assembly.
Trident Technical College
This technical college in Charleston hosts training programs for Boeing and features an Aeronautical Studies Division with programs for Aircraft Assembly Technology and Aircraft and Avionics Maintenance.
To create a skilled workforce for South Carolina’s aviation and automotive industries, Clemson University partners with technical colleges to train technicians for the state’s advanced manufacturers.