If you caught Governor Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State address last month, you may already be familiar with SD WINS, South Dakota’s newest workforce development program.
“Workforce challenges are something we are seeing time and time again,” said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello. “Both existing companies looking to expand and prospective companies looking to relocate bring up these issues as an obstacle in expanding.”
SD WINS, which stands for South Dakota Workforce Initiatives, has four components: Preparing our youth, training for skilled jobs, promoting rural health education, and recruiting new workers to the state. One-thousand new workers, to be exact.
The State of South Dakota is teaming up with businesses across the state and firms like Manpower, Inc., that place several thousand workers across the nation each year. Each listing will be posted in-state for 30 days before it is turned over the recruitment firm to ensure that South Dakota job seekers have the first opportunity to apply for the open positions.
“We are optimistic that this partnership will be mutually beneficial to existing companies, new companies and South Dakota workers,” said Costello. “We would really like to encourage businesses in South Dakota to participate in this program,” said Costello.
Businesses facing workforce challenges are encouraged to learn more and apply by visiting the SD WINS website.