Be Pro Be Proud Launches New Website:

The Associated Industries of South Carolina Foundation (AISCF) has launched the BeProBeProudSC.org website. The site connects job seekers, employers in skilled-trade industries, educators, guidance counselors, and high school students. The site launch is in anticipation of the August launch of the Be Pro Be Proud SC mobile workshop. 
 
Profiles for 15 in-demand, skilled-trade careers are included on the site. Videos highlighting each career opportunity show: 

  • Young professionals at work 
  • Salary information
  • Training programs 
  • The employment outlook for the role in South Carolina. 
“Students, teachers, and job seekers will want to explore this website to fully understand the value of these jobs,” said Jill McCain, Project Manager for BPBP-SC. “It demonstrates how learning a skilled-trade early on allows students to become a proud, successful professional in a multitude of industries while providing for themselves and their families.” 
 
BPBP-SC is partnered with Charleston-based Tallo, formerly STEM Premier. This partnership allows students to “Join the Movement” – a site feature that further enhances the project’s ability to connect students with education, training, and job opportunities. 
 
Tallo also supports the SC Department of Education’s efforts to safely and securely track students’ progression to post-secondary options from high school and career training programs. 
BeProBeProudSC.org is maintained by the SC Department of Employment & Workforce (DEW) - the public organization that will also manage the mobile workshop touring. 
 
According to Rick Todd, President of AISCF, “The mobile workshop provides an exciting, hands-on experience for students and visitors as they use high-tech, virtual reality simulators for skilled trades. The BeProBeProudSC.org website is an essential component, useful for employers that are desperately seeking skilled workers in South Carolina.” 
 
According to the Department of Labor, over 82% of employers in skilled professions report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for available jobs. 
 
On the site, schools can request a visit from the mobile workshop, organizations can learn about partnerships, companies can post job opportunities, and students can sign up to Join the Movement. The inaugural tour of the Be Pro Be Proud SC mobile workshop will begin this Fall. 
 
About Be Pro Be Proud SC:   
 
The Be Pro Be Proud SC project was created to close the gap between job seekers and employers’ needs for a qualified workforce. Taking a unique, targeted approach to removing the stigma from “blue-collar” jobs, its goal is to educate students and the public on the appeal and the importance of these jobs for our economy.  
Modules simulating the actual work in various sectors will be housed within the workshop, which will travel throughout the state to schools, fairs, career centers, conventions, home shows, government events, military re-entry programs, and more.  
 
Be Pro Be Proud SC is made possible through a public-private collaboration of leaders of the Associated Industries of South Carolina Foundation (AISCF) and the Department of Employment & Workforce (DEW), and other state education, workforce, and economic development agencies. Capital to build the mobile workshop and provide the job simulators comes from the private sector. DEW and other public sectors will fund the campaign’s operation.  The Associated Industries of SC, a 501C3 organization, is a partnership between the SC Trucking Association, Home Builders Association of S.C., Carolina’s AGC, Forestry Association of South Carolina and the S.C. Chamber of Commerce.
  
Learn more at beprobeproudsc.org