Business leaders save time and money while expanding their customer base

As a workforce development partner, VR can help your business achieve its competitive advantage by developing qualified job candidates who are trained in a wide variety of skills and have the good work habits that you value.

Employers from every job sector, including federal contractors, indicate that hiring VR clients helps them reduce training costs and increase job retention rates, while improving workforce diversity.

Through individualized assessment, we get to know our clients so that we can assist you to find the right person for the right job.

Find talent

VR provides a pipeline of talented individuals to meet your workforce needs.

Our Business Development Specialists (BDS) introduce you to the benefits of hiring these individuals.

Job matching starts when you notify us of an open position. We assess your requirements and identify matches using individualized career assessment tools such as WorkKeys®.

Finally, we pre-screen qualified candidates, saving you time and money.

Train talent

Through job preparedness instruction in our training centers, our clients learn the fundamental skills needed to work for you.

Job readiness training helps you assess a person’s potential with no obligation.

Our clients participate in a structured training period where they become fully competent in all aspects of the job, including knowledge, skills and company culture.

After hire, we continue to provide assistance to both you and the client for at least 90 days.

Keep talent

Post employment services, which may include assistive and additional education, are available to former clients you hire who may require services to maintain, regain or advance in employment.

Job Retention Services help you retain valuable employees who need help due to a disability that might be jeopardizing their employment.

Whether it’s anxiety, depression, substance abuse, physical impairments, or one of more than 130 other disabilities, our goal is to help a person minimize or eliminate the impairment interfering with their job performance.

For you, the benefits include better retention, less absenteeism and tardiness, an improved safety record, better quality and quantity of work, less disciplinary action and less turnover.

These confidential services help your employees through counseling and guidance, medical or psychological evaluation and/or treatment, training in personal and social skills, job-site modifications, or accommodations and referrals to other service providers.

Tax credits and other financial incentives are available to help with training, orientation and accommodation.

“Our confidence is extremely high with VR. Their clients appreciate opportunity. They give you 100-plus percent. They go the extra mile.”
— Ben Hoover, General Manager, Love Chevrolet

Training partnerships

Many skills are best learned in a work-based environment.

Our statewide network of training centers are a unique system for training VR clients while providing you with a flexible outsource alternative.

While meeting your business needs, our clients learn skills through tasks such as:

  • assembly
  • fabrication
  • inspection
  • building
  • packaging
  • recycling

many of which may lead to industry recognized certifications. 

We are committed to:

  • quality
  • cost-efficiency
  • flexibility
  • quick turnaround time

Together we prepare skilled employees for your workforce.

Business Partnership Network

Each of our Business Development Specialists leads a local network of business partners called the Business Partnership Network, a joint effort of public and private employers and VR.

Benefits of membership include:

  • being recognized as a leader in community workforce development
  • the opportunity to teach classes on fundamental life skills and job preparedness
  • providing input to shape in-demand training
  • networking with other businesses
  • sharing best practices

Business Partnership Network

Business leaders interested in saving time and money while expanding their business opportunities and customer base are invited to join the Vocational Rehabilitation Business Partnership Network (BPN).

The network is a joint effort of public and private employers and the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department.

The BPN's mission is to provide leadership in disability employment awareness. Its goals are to introduce businesses to the state's most significant employment resource, highlight the advantages of hiring people with disabilities and dispelling the myths.

Benefits of the BPN include:

  • being recognized as a leader in community workforce development
  • the opportunity to teach classes on
    fundamental life skills and job preparedness
  • providing input to shape in-demand training
  • networking with other businesses
  • sharing best practices

Members also receive:

  • Education about resources and financial incentives available to employers
  • Strategies for accommodating and retaining employees with disabilities
  • Training on disabilities in the workplace

Contact your local Business Development Specialist to get involved in the BPN..

Network Leaders

Some of the members of the BPN include Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina, Lowe's, Lowe's, Nestlé, Wachovia, Sodexho, Westinghouse Savannah River Site, Extended Stay Hotels Inc., and the University of South Carolina.

The Business Partnership Network will
provide me with the support and resources
I need when dealing with disability-related
issues as I look to diversify my workforce.
— Willie Fuller Jr., Area Human Resource Manager, Lowe’s, Columbia

Anxiety, depression, substance abuse or physical impairments can interfere with your job

If you are experiencing physical or emotional concerns jeopardizing your work performance (including alcohol and other substance abuse), we can help.

We can provide therapies and adaptations to overcome a physical disability that is causing you pain or impairing your ability to do your job.

If needed, services to help you with anxiety, depression or other struggles are available through a variety of partnerships.

In our residential substance abuse treatment, caring professionals guide you through the emotional, physical and medical aspects of confronting an addiction.

Through rehabilitation technology, our rehabilitation engineers provide consultation, individual assessment, and design and fabrication to assist you in overcoming barriers at home and at work.

Job retention services get people back on the right track.
— Jimmy Kerr, owner, AMCS, Charleston


If you are an employee, benefits may include:

  • Counseling and guidance
  • Medical or psychological evaluation and/or treatment
  • Training to improve inter-personal skills
  • Job-site accommodations
  • Referrals to other services

If you are an employer, benefits may include:

  • Improved quality and quantity of work
  • Better quality and quantity of work
  • Better employee relationships
  • Less tardiness and absenteeism
  • Improved safety

VR can also provide training for supervisors on how to communicate with and provide assistance to employees with disabilities.

Referral for services

These services are completely confidential and can  help you stay on your job while getting help and support. 

Employees can apply for VR services on their own, or an employer can make the referral.

VR Means Business

in the rehabilitation of its clients and in its partnerships with the business community. Practical experience is the most valuable tool in training people with disabilities to achieve success in a work environment.

Our 24 work training centers located throughout the state contract with more than 400 businesses and industries to do outsource work. Our clients learn work behaviors and develop stamina as they perform tasks on the contracts and you receive quality work at competitive prices.

Contact your local office today to get partnership information.

Some of our outsource/training partners include:

  • A.O. Smith
  • ABB Inc.
  • AccuTrex Inc.
  • Ado International
  • Adtec Surveying Company
  • Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC
  • Adventures in Advertising
  • Advertising Authority
  • AGFA
  • Albemarle Corporation
  • Alcoa Home Exteriors Incorporated
  • Allen Plastics Repair Inc.
  • Altman Printing
  • American Screw and Rivet Corporation
  • American Specialty
  • American Speedy Printing
  • Amspak
  • Andy Enterprises
  • Anvil Knitwear
  • ASI
  • Associated Chemists
  • Associated Industries for the Blind
  • Asten Press Inc.
  • Atlantic Shutter Systems
  • AVX Corporation
  • Baker & Baker
  • Bartlett Nuclear Inc.
  • Bauer International Inc.
  • Bayer
  • BBA Nonwovens
  • BCR Graphics
  • Becton Dickinson Inc.
  • Bernie’s Restaurant
  • Beverage-Air
  • Biolina USA LLC
  • Blanchard Cat Machinery Company
  • BMC Manufacturing LLC
  • BMG
  • Boise Office Solutions
  • Bosch Braking Systems Inc.
  • Bunzi Extrusion Inc.
  • By Products Recovery Corporation
  • C.R. Bard Inc.
  • Caddyrack of the Carolinas
  • Cameron & Barkley Company
  • Capital Imaging Company Inc.
  • Capsugel
  • Carlisle Engineered Products
  • Carlisle Finishing Plant
  • Carlisle Tire and Wheel Company
  • Carsonite International
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • CCX Fiberglass Products
  • CEE-US
  • Century Fasteners Corporation
  • CeramTec North America
  • Chandler Construction Company Inc.
  • Classic Laboratory Equipment Inc.
  • Classic Matboard
  • Coats and Clark
  • Cogsdill Tool Products
  • Coker College
  • Compact Automation
  • Cone Mills Inc.
  • Consumer Products Enterprises Inc.
  • Cooper Power Systems
  • Cooper Tools Inc.
  • Core Molding Technologies Inc.
  • Crabco
  • Cryovac/Sealed Air Corporation
  • Cutler-Hammer
  • Dare Foods Inc.
  • Delta Mills
  • DEROYAL Textiles
  • Diamond Hill Plywood
  • Dillon Furniture
  • Dove Data Products
  • Durotech International Inc.
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Eaton Hydraulics
  • Electrolux Home Products
  • Emphasis
  • EMS-Chemie Inc.
  • Evans Rule Company Inc.
  • Fairfield Inn, Hartsville
  • Faurecia Interior Systems
  • Federal Mogul Friction Products
  • Federal Mogul Inc.
  • Fisher Barton Inc.
  • Flexfab Molded Products LLC
  • FN Manufacturing Inc.
  • Forbes Companies
  • Fort Stewart
  • Fortifiber Corporation
  • General Services Administration
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Golden Pines Gardens
  • Goodrich Delavan Spray Technologies
  • Gourmet Services Inc.
  • Grand Illusions
  • Greenville Fulfillment Center
  • Greenwood Chamber of Commerce
  • Greenwood Packing Plant
  • Harding House Publishers
  • HBD Thermoid Industries Inc.
  • Hensel Phelps
  • Hilton Head Laboratories Inc.
  • Hiott Printing
  • Horry Telephone Cooperative Inc.
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College
  • HRS Textiles Inc.
  • Hubble Power Systems
  • Ilpea Inc.
  • INA USA Corporation
  • Industrial Packaging Systems
  • International Paper Inc.
  • Iron Brew Coffee Company Inc.
  • J & B Floor Cleaning Services
  • J & M Dyers Inc.
  • J. Ray Manufacturing Inc.
  • JBE Inc.
  • Joslyn Clark Controls
  • Jostens Inc.
  • JWOD Program
  • Kaydon Custom Bearings Inc.
  • Kennametal
  • KIVA International
  • Kleerdex Company
  • KMS Inc.
  • KORD USA Inc.
  • Koyo Corporation USA
  • Lamson & Sessions
  • Laurens Chamber of Commerce
  • Le Creuset of America Inc.
  • Linde Lift Truck Corporation
  • LINQ Industrial Fabrics Inc.
  • Lizard’s Thicket
  • Lorraine Harding Real Estate
  • Marchel Industries
  • Marley Engineered Products
  • Mar-Mac Wire
  • Maxfli Golf Division
  • Mayer Industries
  • McClancy Seasoning Company
  • McKee Environmental
  • MCRD
  • Medals of America
  • Metglas
  • Michelin North America Inc.
  • Michelin Tire Corporation
  • Micro Precision Corporation
  • Midlands Printing Inc.
  • Millie Lewis International
  • Moonshine Custom Logo Products
  • Mount Vernon Mills Inc.
  • Navy Exchange Program
  • Nemarc Inc.
  • Nibrol
  • Nucor Steel
  • Oak-Mitsui
  • Odyssey Screen Printing
  • Omni Trading Group
  • Orian Rugs Inc.
  • Ostrow Wholesale Company
  • Ostrow-LLC Heath Springs
  • Ostrow-LLC Kershaw
  • Owens Corning
  • Packing Corporation of America, RebuildCenter
  • Palmetto Filtration
  • Palmetto Imaging Technology, LLC
  • Palmetto Mint Inc.
  • Parkway Products Inc.
  • Pee Dee Electric Cooperative Inc.
  • Penn Ventilation
  • Permaseal Corporation
  • Phibrotech Inc.
  • Phoenix Recycling
  • Post No Bills
  • Pratt Industries
  • Precision Machine Works
  • Precision Southeast Inc.
  • Prettl Electric Corporation
  • Pro Tech Liner Systems
  • QSP Quality Surveying Products
  • Quaker Chemical
  • Racor Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • RBC Bearing
  • RBC Linear Precision Products
  • Renfro Corporation
  • Renfrow Assembly Company
  • Richloom
  • Rico Tag Express Inc.
  • Rieter Automotive North America – BMW
  • Robert Bosch Corporation
  • Roche Carolina
  • Roebuck Advertising
  • Roller Bearing Corporation
  • Roylco Inc.
  • S&W Manufacturing
  • S.P. Richards Company
  • S/W Printing Company
  • Santee Cooper
  • SC Department of Health & Human Services
  • SC Department of Transportation
  • SC State Housing Authority
  • SC Yutaka Technologies Inc.
  • Scabbard Technology
  • Schlegel Carolina
  • Seacord Corporation
  • Sears
  • Seven Sons & Company
  • Siemens Energy and Automation
  • Siemens Westinghouse
  • Signode
  • Silstar
  • SLI Lighting
  • Smurfit-Stone
  • Soliant
  • Solutia
  • Sonoco Products
  • Sonopress LLC
  • Southeastern Aluminum Sourcing
  • Span America
  • Springs Industries Inc.
  • SPX Filtran
  • Square D Company
  • SSL Americas
  • Stafast
  • Stanley Tools
  • Steel Heddle
  • Stee-Rike 3
  • Summit Rubber Company
  • Supreme & Company Inc.
  • Survey Technology Inc.
  • SynStrand Inc.
  • Synteen Technology Inc.
  • Thantex
  • The BIC Corporation
  • The Boeing Company
  • The Boyd Corporation
  • The Camden Company
  • The Felters Group
  • The Gates Rubber Company
  • The Loxscreen Company Inc.
  • The Monogram Club
  • The National Beta Club
  • The Okonite Company
  • The Robert Allen Group Incorporated
  • The Sun News
  • The Timken Company – Gaffney Bearing Plant
  • Thomson Plastics Inc.
  • Timken US Corporation
  • T-Quilts
  • TransBulk Systems
  • Trans-Hold Incorporated
  • Tupperware Manufacturing
  • Tyco Electronics
  • U.S. Autoseat Covers LLC
  • U.S. Department of Defense-Fort Jackson Commissary
  • U.S. Engine Valve
  • U.S. Justice Department-National Advocacy Center at USC
  • U.S. Textile Corporation
  • United States Gypsum Company
  • United States Postal Service (NISH)
  • United Stationers
  • Upstate Packaging
  • Van Can Company
  • Velux America
  • Velux Greenwood
  • Vernay
  • Virtual Image Technology Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Distribution Center
  • Walterboro – Colleton County Airport Commission
  • WaterMark
  • Weatherford Landscaping
  • Westinghouse Savannah River Company SRS
  • Whitten Center
  • Wilson’s Recycling
  • Withers Industries
  • Woodside Plantation Country Club
  • World Wide Welding
  • Wurth/Service Supply
  • Yakima Products Inc.

Work based training

Community work experiences expose clients to actual work situations in several ways:

  • The client learns about a job by shadowing an employee in a real work environment
  • The client actually works on a job under the guidance of a mentor
  • The client does a job tryout at no cost to the employer

And, the employer has a chance to assess a person's potential with no obligation to hire.

VR pays Worker's Compensation coverage for clients involved in community work experiences.


Skilled Workforce Apprenticeship Training (SWAT) provides the knowledge soft skills clients need to become skilled workers with good career opportunities in trade and vocational jobs.

Clients are matched to the employer's position and needs through the use of WorkKeys. Clients are provided with a structured training period that may last three months or more. During this time, clients learn on-the-job under a mentor so they become fully competent in all aspects of a job, including knowledge, skills and company culture.

SWAT provides a win-win situation. South Carolina employers win as their needs for a skilled workforce are met while they enjoy a reduction in training costs, higher productivity rates and a more diverse workforce. VR clients win as they receive training that equips them with valuable skills and the opportunity to enter a skilled position within a stable career field.


An internship is job training for professional careers. Similar in some ways to apprenticeships for trade and vocational jobs, interns are usually high school graduates or adults. These positions are paid and last up to 12 weeks.

Generally, an internship consists of an exchange of services for experience between the client and an organization. clients can also use an internship to determine if they have an interest in a particular career, create a network of contacts or gain knowledge toward certification.

Some interns find permanent, paid employment with the organizations for which they worked. This can be a significant benefit to the employer as experienced interns often need little or no training when they begin regular employment. Unlike an apprenticeship, employment at the completion of an internship is not expected.

On the job training

On-the-Job Training (OJT) is specific training provided in an actual work setting by an employer, related to the particular job for which the client is being hired. The OJT model works particularly well with small and medium size employers who provide services (e.g. child care, customer service, food service).

An OJT may work well with clients who learn best by doing, have positive worker traits, and have clear interests and transferable skills. The OJT can be developed for someone who wants "hands-on" rather than vocational school or college training. The client works closely with the counselor during this development and plays an active role in identifying potential employment sites.

Once it has been determined that there is a viable training opportunity that the client is an appropriate candidate for, the counselor, employer and consumer should discuss the length of time required for training. Most OJT is limited to a maximum of one month. Programs beyond this period may be developed with client services approval when specialized, complex or unique training requires more training time.

Impact on Social Security Benefits

Benefits Specialists are on hand to counsel recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) on work incentives and other benefits of working while educating them on the effects of earnings as they plan for employment.