Apprenticeships Work

Apprenticeship CarolinaApprenticeships work. Just ask our friends at Apprenticeship Carolina, who were recently featured on NPR’s American Made series as an innovative program creating win-win situations for employers and employees statewide. We’re proud to have them as part of our OPE Planning Committee, and look forward to building and filling apprenticeships for South Carolina’s military talent and military-friendly employers for years to come. A few of our favorite quotes from the NPR interview:

…everyone interviewed for this story — regardless of ideology or geography… all say the same thing: The apprenticeship system is an economic plus.

It’s a stigma that we’re trying to get over, especially in our schools. Just because they don’t have a sheet of paper hanging on the wall saying they went to school for four years doesn’t mean that they’re any less important to our country and the economy of our country than anyone else.

Click here to read or listen to the full report.

Wondering if an apprenticeship program might work for you? Review this FAQ list, or contact the Apprenticeship Consultant in your area.

Consider Hiring a Hero this Veterans Day

1Happy Veterans Day to all those men and women who have served our nation in the Armed Forces. On this special day, we’d like to remind S.C. businesses about all the great resources available to help hire veterans

Operation Palmetto Employment (OPE) and its partners are committed to serving those who have sacrificed for their country. We offer priority resources to members of the military community who are looking for jobs and businesses who are looking to hire them; all of which you can find right here at

We hope that you will take advantage of OPE veterans representatives located throughout the state and the other job placement resources we offer through our statewide initiative.

With South Carolina’s unemployment rate for veterans now the nation’s sixth lowest at 4.1 percent, OPE continues to work tirelessly to help veterans with employment opportunities that match their skill sets.

Happy Veterans Day to all those who have and continue to serve.

Announcing Certified Palmetto Military Employers!

Pictured L-R: Mike Rolfe of CB&I, Project Staffing Supervisor for the V-C Summer Project; Charles Kearse and Kevin Owens, Talent Connectors for Verizon Wireless; Mark Schmitz, Deputy Project Manager and Scott Brown, Veterans Liaison, both of Savannah River Remediation (SRR).

Operation Palmetto Employment recently recognized Savannah River Remediation, Verizon Wireless and CB&I as the state’s first Palmetto Military Employers (PME) by Operation Palmetto Employment for their ongoing commitment to hire and retain military employees.

Details on the credentialing process were presented to a select group of employers on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, along with briefings on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Veteran On the Job Training, VetSuccess on Campus, and workforce development through readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™.

“This credentialing piece adds some teeth to our program, and provides the metrics and data needed to grow and sustain it,” says Paul Prince, member of the OPE Credentialing Committee and the Volunteer Management Director for S.C. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (SC ESGR). “We look forward to connecting with employers statewide who want to hire veterans and service members — not necessarily because they served, but because they bring a wealth of knowledge, leadership experience and highly transferrable technical skills to the civilian workforce.”

“About 10 percent of our workforce, 196 veterans, are part of our team,” said Schmitz. “I’m proud SRR has helped set the bar in hiring those who have faithfully and bravely protected our nation. We will continue to find ways to tap this important talent pool.” Verizon Wireless has hired 112 service members this year alone in South Carolina, while CB&I currently employs over 900 service members and veterans at five different project sites statewide.

Details on the PME application and credentialing process will soon be available online at In the meantime, send questions or comments to

Statewide Job Fairs & Hiring Events (Nov-Dec)

jobs exitATTN Military Job Seekers! Spring job fair season is in full swing! Contact your local Employment Advisor now to beef up your resume, and let them know specific jobs or employers that interest you. We’re here to help you start your brand new career on the right foot!


Thursday, March 19 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Pendleton | SC Works WorkLink Job Fair
Tri-County Technical College, 7900 US Hwy 76, Pendleton 29670
Military Affiliated Only: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
General Public: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, March 25 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Greenville | Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair
Salvation Army Kroc Center, 424 Westfield Street, Greenville 29601
(202) 463-5807
Event Flyer

Wednesday, March 25 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Students, Grads & Vets only*; 12:00-2:00 p.m. General Public)
Florence | SC Works Job Fair
Florence-Darlington Technical College (SIMT facility), 2715 W. Lucas Street, Florence 29501
*ID required
Event Flyer

Wednesday, March 25 (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
Online | Veteran Recruiting Virtual Career Fair
For Active Duty, Veterans and military spouses. Chat live with recruiters, view/apply for jobs and connect with other job seekers in the networking lounge.
Register Now

Thursday, March 26 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Denmark | Bamberg Job Fair
Voorhees College (Dawson Center), 5573 Voorhees Road, Denmark 29042
(803) 898-0967
Event Flyer

Thursday, March 26 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Columbia | VetReady Job Fair
Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia
(619) 752-7854
Event Flyer

Tuesday, March 31 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Columbia | Amazon/SMX Hiring Event
American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens Street, Columbia 29205
(803) 799-2736
Event Flyer

Stay up to date on the latest statewide job fairs and hiring events! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@OPEJobs) for employment related news, tips and announcements. Follow the SC Works partner in your area for the latest local job news: @SCDEWinfo, @SCWORKSinfo,  @SCWorksMidlands, @SCWorksPeeDee, @SCWorksUpstate, @SCWorks_LC, @UpperSCWorks, or @SCWorksWorklink.

Survey Says…

survey smilesAt Operation Palmetto Employment, it’s our goal to provide meaningful opportunities for military job seekers, civilian employers and those in military leadership roles. To measure how well we’re doing, we’ve created three new surveys to obtain valuable insight from those on the receiving end of our job placement services.

If you’ve worked with one of our veterans representative to find or fill a job, please take a moment to let us know how we’re doing. Your honest feedback is important as we continually seek to refine and improve this statewide program. Thanks in advance for your participation!

Job Seekers, click here. 

Employers, click here. 

Military Leadership/Command Representatives, click here.