County to host meeting in St. Stephen for residents seeking manufacturing jobs

Berkeley County will host an information meeting in the St. Stephen community this month to provide pertinent details about available manufacturing positions across the county and South Carolina.

The meeting will be 6 p.m. on June 13 at St. Stephen Elementary School and is open to Berkeley County residents seeking manufacturing jobs. The school is located at 1053 Russellville Road.

For months the county has offered similar meetings to help connect residents with open positions with local and statewide industries in need of workforce members.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sign-up for the upcoming three-week ManuFirstSCTM course, formerly called Lean Manufacturing. The course, which is free to county residents, will take place at St. Stephen Elementary from July 20 to Aug. 9.

Participants enrolled in the course will receive the necessary training to qualify for positions at industries around the county and state.

The information session will include presentations from representatives with Trident Technical College, Berkeley County Economic Development, Adult Education with Berkeley County School District and more.

ManuFirstSCTM — Berkeley County worked in partnership with Trident Tech, S.C. Department of Commerce, Volvo Cars and Ready SC to pilot the program in June 2017. Since then, more than 150 people have graduated from the course and allowed them opportunities to work for Volvo Cars in Ridgeville, according to the county.

Surrounding counties have also jumped on board to offer the program, and to date the tri-county has produced 900-plus program graduates, including 350 Berkeley County residents.

Individuals interested in the information session are asked to first register online .