When Operation Palmetto Employment launched in February 2014, we set out to train, connect and support military job seekers and civilian employers in South Carolina. Last October, we introduced the certified Palmetto Military Employer (PME) program to recognize companies willing to go the extra mile to learn how best to recruit and retain military hires.
In the past 11 months we’ve awarded 32 PME certificates to a wide variety of South Carolina employers, large and small. We’ve hosted seven regional training events and received more than 60 applications. It’s exciting to be part of a team approach that includes representatives from state government, all branches of the military community, workforce and economic development, education and much more!
As outreach efforts continue to South Carolina’s employers and hiring managers, we’re encouraged by comments like these:
Thanks so much for putting together this group of professionals. I’ve been hiring and managing since the 80s, and haven’t seen anything like this come around before. Nothing is free, but where our taxes are spent is very important. This is what taxes should be used for. The building up of the workforce, encouraging, training, and increasing the faith that success is possible through working together. I hope to make this an integral part of our hiring and training process. Appreciate all that you do, and compliment you on this effort. Well done!David ArdVP/GM, Gerald’s Tires & BrakesCharleston, SC