At our first official meeting of Rotary Year 2015-2016, Brandon Spence visited us to discuss his work with Apprenticeship Carolina, part of the SC Technical College System and The Division of Workforce and Economic Development. The division works to attract new and expanding companies to the state and provide workforce development tools necessary to make certain they grow and prosper in South Carolina. Apprenticeship Carolina works with the 16 technical colleges in the state of south Carolina. The program works with companies to assist them in formulating a plan to upskill current employees as well as train new employees coming from the technical college system. This integrative approach allows companies to hire and train employees from the ground up while supporting technical trade work that is so very important and often overlooked. They can help your business develop an on the job training program as well as set up youth apprenticeships. There is no fee for the service and there is a tax credit for the supporting companies of up to $1000 per employee up to 4 years of enrollment. Brandon, a 2001 Citadel graduate, has served active duty in the US Airforce, worked for the Department of the Army as a program analyst and then made the transition to the Department of Commerce, and his own start up companies Midlands Biofuels and B2 Strategies. Brandon is experienced in implementing apprenticeship programs throughout his many successful endeavors. Go to apprenticeshipcarolina.com for more information.