Sumter, SC (WLTX) - If you are in the market for a job there is some good news for you--a big company in the Midlands has just started hiring.
On October 6th, 2011, Continental Tires announced they would be investing $500 million into a brand new facility in Sumter. That plant will eventually create 16,000 new jobs.
The company broke ground on the facility on March 28th of this year, and they have already begun looking for employees.
"Right now we just actually started recruitment for Continental," said Ashton Elmore, the area director for ReadySC, "we actually just started this past Sunday."
ReadySC is a division of the SC Technical College System, a sister division to 16 technical colleges. Their role is to make sure classroom curriculum and technical training match up to workforce needs. They also help recruit job seekers for Midlands employers.
"That way when people go to work for Continental they show up with the skills they need to be effective employees," explained Elmore.
Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter is one of those schools that works with ReadySC.
"Sumter's seen quite a bit of growth lately, as far as new and expanding industries," said Elizabeth Williams, the director of workforce development for the college, "Continental being the largest announcement."
As industry in the area has gone up so have the number of students.
"We've had a tremendous growth over the past 5 years," Williams explained. "Enrollment has sky rocketed because these types of jobs are in demand. There are openings but it does take training and experience to get into those."
As a workforce developer, Williams works with area companies to develop customized training programs for her students.
"We're seeing a lot of need for mechatronics, which is a mix of mechanical and electrical."
"It's a lot of opportunity for our graduating seniors to have employment locally that they can look to and we're just very excited about trying to line up students and employers together."
But the jobs aren't just for recent grads.
"Anybody out there who's ever been interested in jobs in industry, or is already in a job in industry and would like maybe a better paying job or something like that, this is a good opportunity for them."
Currently, Continental Tires is looking for maintenance mechanics but will soon be hiring on their production side.
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