Dennis Daugaard on Jobs



South Dakota WINS: a 20-point job training plan

Two years ago, I announced the South Dakota Workforce Initiatives, or "South Dakota WINS," a 20-point plan to get more South Dakotans trained and ready to work in a rapidly growing and changing South Dakota economy. South Dakota WINS included these categories of effort:
  1. Preparing our youth to live and work in the 21st Century. The state has strengthened SDMyLife, an online portal for students and parents to research career and academic options.
  2. Operation Reach All Veterans: a plan to meet every veteran in South Dakota and to offer assistance & local benefits.
  3. Our citizens with disabilities are too often overlooked by employers with job openings. I believe that in this world people with disabilities often develop higher levels of determination and accomplishment. We need to connect employers with employees who have disabilities because it makes good business sense.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature , Jan 14, 2014

Assist disabled with employment; adversity builds character

According to a 2011 estimate, only 41% of working age individuals with a disability were employed in South Dakota--less than half the rate of those without a disability. I can't pretend that I understand all the obstacles that confront a person with disabilities, but I do feel a special appreciation for the disabled worker and for the employers who hire them. Both my parents were born deaf, and I witnessed the challenges they faced as they job hunted.

Good employers know that the most valuable worker is the one who works hard, is loyal, is honorable, and gives an honest day's work for an honest day's pay, whether that worker is disabled or not. These employers know that hiring people with disabilities is good business. They know that adversity builds character, and people with character are good employees.

In the past year, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation alone assisted over 900 people with disabilities to reach their employment goals.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature , Jan 14, 2014

Help find jobs for those unemployed over 12 weeks

In May, the Department of Labor and Regulation instituted a new program to help those on unemployment for more than 12 weeks to find a job quickly.

The program requires participants to be actively searching for work, honing old skills or learning new o

Source: South Dakota 2013 State of the State Address , Jan 8, 2013

Dakota Roots: invite former South Dakotans back home to work

We redoubled our efforts to market Dakota Roots, a successful program to invite former South Dakotans back home to work. Through a focused campaign using social media, we had a record number of new job seekers enter the Dakota Roots program. Last year alone, this program brought 536 South Dakotans back home to take a job here.

We have also begun work on the New South Dakotans program, which partners with South Dakota companies to recruit skilled out-of-state workers into South Dakota. The program has gotten off to a slower start than I had hoped, but it is beginning to show results. So far, businesses from across South Dakota, 35 of them have enrolled in the program, listing over 250 job openings. They have successfully attracted 55 out-of-state workers, to accept hard-to-fill positions that we couldn't fill after thirty days in South Dakota. I'm hopeful that as more businesses use the program, the success will grow.

Source: South Dakota 2013 State of the State Address , Jan 8, 2013

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