Work Ready

Ware County is Work Ready

Ware County was the 3rd community in the State to complete the Work Ready certification process.

What is Work Ready?
Work Ready was created to ensure that Georgia’s workers have the best skills, easy access to training and world-class job opportunities. The backbone of the initiative is the worker certification program that assesses the real world skills of Georgia’s workers and provides valuable job training. That, combined with an innovative job profiling process that accurately identifies what kind of worker a company needs, is helping Georgia workers find great jobs and realize a better quality of life. For more information on Work Ready, go to the link on the right or contact the Coastal Pines Technical College, which is also linked there.

Recent information from the Georgia Department of Labor indicates that our region has a versatile, highly skilled work force of more than 62,000. Because of the small geographic size of Georgia’s counties, commuting across county lines for employment is common place.

New and existing employers enjoy the benefits higher education has to offer. Located in Waycross are two centers of higher learning: South Georgia State College and Coastal Pines Technical College. The citizens of the Okefenokee Area are firm believers in the adage that an educated work force is a productive work force.

Georgia’s Quick Start Program offers industry specific training FREE of charge for companies locating or expanding in Georgia. These free training programs are offered statewide through local technical institutes. Coastal Pines Technical College, located in Waycross, currently offers Quick Start Training for any employer meeting the above mentioned criteria through its Business and Industry Division. The State of Georgia also offers tax credits for additional or continued training to new and existing businesses.

In addition to being well-trained and educable, our work force provides a cost-effective advantage over other areas of the state and the country. Due to the low cost of living, local wage rates are typically below the state and national average for comparable jobs.