Sumter chamber's industrial group unveils recruiting tool on wheels

New kiosk will promote local manufacturing jobs to community

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 2/24/19

Manufacturing companies in Sumter have a new voice to get the word out on their available jobs and careers with a techy, new-age, recruiting kiosk.

Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce staff showcased the new all-in-one touch station - which is …

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Sumter chamber's industrial group unveils recruiting tool on wheels

New kiosk will promote local manufacturing jobs to community

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Manufacturing companies in Sumter have a new voice to get the word out on their available jobs and careers with a techy, new-age, recruiting kiosk.

Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce staff showcased the new all-in-one touch station - which is actually on wheels for mobile transport - to its Industrial Association members on Thursday at the group's regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

According to Nicole Bailey, the Chamber's vice president of operations, three local manufacturers - BD, Kaydon/SKF and Caterpillar - already have two- to three-minute videos on the kiosk for viewing purposes. The videos give an inside look at the facilities' operations and include employees' testimonials of working for the company. The videos were produced by The Sumter Item.

Short videos for EMS-Chemie and other manufacturers are in the works at this time and more videos can be added later, Bailey said. An initial overview video of Sumter's industrial community is also available.

Bailey and Rhett Walker, Industrial Association president and business development manager with Kaydon/SKF, said the kiosk will be fully operational this spring and will help educate youth and job seekers on well-paying job opportunities with industries right here in Sumter.

The kiosk on wheels will be regularly housed on Central Carolina Technical College's campus but will move occasionally for events at Shaw Air Force Base to attract personnel soon to be leaving the military and at area high school career fairs to help spark youth's interest in local careers.

The kiosk will include a link to a landing page on the Chamber's website for links to job postings.

Walker said he thinks it's a great idea to spread the word to help fill the critical industrial worker pipeline locally.

"Industries in Sumter need more skilled workers, and this is an additional voice we have now," Walker said.

The kiosk was made by a company out of North Carolina and cost about $6,000, mostly funded by the industrial association, Bailey said.