Welcome To LSWDA

The MISSION of the Lower Savannah Workforce Development Area (LSWDA) and Board is to: "provide workforce investment activities, through a local workforce investment one-stop delivery system, that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by participants and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the six county region."

An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.
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Bringing Employers and Job Seekers Together!


The Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) program provides training resources for businesses 1) to train currently employed workers in an effort to keep businesses and workers competitive; 2) for training needed in current businesses due to expansion, new technology, retooling, new services/product lines or new organizational structuring or as part of a layoff aversion strategy; and 3) for which the employer provides a matching contribution of no more than 10%, 25% or 50% (percentage is directly related to the number of employees) of the cost of training.

Funds are available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to train currently employed workers. The Lower Savannah Workforce Development Area, which consists of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties, has IWT funding available to contract with area businesses. Businesses applying for funding must:
- Have at least one full-time employee
- Be current on all state tax obligations
- Be registered in the South Carolina Works Online Services (SCWOS) system

A consortia may serve as a broker for Incumbent Worker Training and may enter into an agreement on behalf of participating businesses. Consortia may include business associations, industry councils, chambers of commerce, downtown development corporations, or two or more businesses in need of similar training. The required matching contribution will be based on the total consortium employment and will be prorated among the participating businesses based on the number of employees trained. Training entities, city, county and state government agencies are ineligible for Incumbent Worker Training Funds.

Because funding is limited, the Lower Savannah WDB Executive Committee will have the final word on all contracts awarded. Priority for funding will be given to 1) Businesses/Consortia whose applications represent a significant upgrade in employee skills either through stackable industry recognized credentialing and/or employee wage increases as a result of training, 2) Businesses/Consortia whose training applications reflect a significant layoff avoidance strategy 3) and Businesses who have not received an Incumbent Worker Training Program award during the prior or current program year (Prior or current year IWT candidates may still be eligible if total IWT funding is not obligated). Businesses should note that funding will be limited to $15,000 per business/consortia. This amount includes the employer match.

Lower Savannah Council of Governments will contract with the selected business/consortia to write an agreement for incumbent worker training. Costs will be reimbursed after the business provides the training services specified in the contract. Reimbursable training expenses include instructor/trainers salaries, textbooks/manuals, and consumable materials/supplies. Periodic safety and refresher courses cannot be funded

Lower Savannah Council of Governments must receive applications by 5:00pm, Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Copies of the application and IWT Guidelines are attached. The application and IWT guidelines are also available for download at www.lswia.org under Services/Business Services/Incumbent Worker Training. Please feel free to forward this information to others.

IWT 1a Program Funding Application Extended

IWT 2 Guidelines

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS: The regularly scheduled Workforce Development Board meetings are the first Tuesday of every other Month. The meetings start at 2:00PM at a designated location. Notification of the meetings are emailed to all Board members and interested parties. The announcement is also sent to the local newspapers.

WDB Meeting Schedule PY16/17/18

Youth Committee Meeting Schedule PY16/17/18

Full Workforce Development Board Meeting Agendas:

WDB Mtng Agenda August 1, 2016

WDB Mtng Agenda October 4, 2016

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PY 2017 Programmatic Monitoring Schedule

November 2017
April 2018

Dates will be made available ahead of schedule

Phone: (803) 649-7981
Fax: (803) 649-2248

Mailing address:
PO Box 850
Aiken, SC 29802-0850

Physical address:
2748 Wagener Rd.
Aiken, SC 29801
Email: LSWIAinfo@lscog.org