South Carolina manufacturers and related industries need strong partnerships with educators and the public sector in their local communities and statewide. We need consistent, sustained industry involvement to lead the charge in effectively communicating the tremendous economic opportunities in technical fields. To help achieve these goals, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) has introduced an innovative approach to address the ongoing challenge of identifying emerging talent and developing skilled manufacturing associates. SC Future Makers is a private/public partnership designed to take the manufacturing message to students, parents, educators, and policy makers. Utilizing an online connection platform called STEM Premier, SC Future Makers is creating strong, sustainable relationships between schools and manufacturers. Partnerships with Governor Nikki Haley, the S.C. Department of Commerce, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, the S.C. Technical College System, and the S.C. Education Oversight Committee is allowing SC Future Makers to tell the advanced manufacturing jobs in a way that is more comprehensive and compelling than ever before—and now is the time for companies to get involved!
Students across the state are creating profiles on the STEM Premier platform through the SC Future Makers initiative. South Carolina manufacturers and businesses creating their company profiles on the online platform can immediately connect with students who are ready to pursue internships, apprenticeships, and careers in manufacturing. Through this multifaceted program, SC Future Makers allows ongoing, real-time interaction between employers and potential employees, giving companies a new approach to telling their stories and solving the emerging talent challenge in a way that’s never been done before in the United States.