Companies in the NESA region have access to a population of over two million within 60 miles of the region's center and a skilled, low-cost workforce of over one million people.



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Workforce Training

Not only is South Carolina ranked #3 nationally in its workforce development programs, the NESA Region's workforce is one of the most productive and loyal in the United States and the Southeast. The region has training resources available to companies from recruiting and screening assistance to on the job training, all through the state's ReadySC program. The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) offers customized training and startup assistance. The region's technical college system also boasts several training programs applicable to the aviation industry, as well as the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics located in Myrtle Beach.


For more than 50 years, ReadySC has been the state's premier workforce training program. Working together with the South Carolina Technical College System, ReadySC develops, implements, and manages custom workforce training programs to support smooth, rapid start-up of operations. ReadySC will work with you to screen, recruit, and train employees to meet your demands and ensures that you have a ready-to-work workforce the day you open your business. The best part? Training is done at no cost to companies that commit to creating at least 10 new jobs.

The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) is a 189,000 square foot advanced manufacturing center that provides the support needed by current and future industries, advancing the region’s ability to provide a highly trained workforce. Located on the campus of Florence-Darlington Technical College, SiMT exists to partner with businesses and provide training and manufacturing technology solutions. The facility contains an Advanced Manufacturing Center, 3-D/Virtual Reality Center, National Robotics Center, and offers open-enrollment, onsite, and customized training. SiMT also offers manufacturing startup assistance and consulting services. In addition, SiMT’s Manufacturing Incubator Center (MIC) offers space, infrastructure, and intellectual property to startup companies.

Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the South Carolina Technical College System, works to ensure all employers in South Carolina have access to the information and technical assistance they need to create demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs.The program offers consultants at no cost to employers. These consultants guide companies through the registered apprenticeship development process, from initial information to full recognition in the National Registered Apprenticeship System.

Francis Marion University’s Industrial Engineering program is the first of its kind in the region. The program is dedicated to recruiting, educating, and retaining a diverse student population by offering a curriculum that enables students to learn current industrial engineering concepts. The unique curriculum includes instruction in physics, high-level mathematics, business, and engineering. The program also features a partnership agreement with Florence-Darlington Technical College that allows students access to the manufacturing laboratory facilities housed at SiMT.

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