Monthy Newlsetter to Employers from The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

Career Launch SD – Become a Partner

Career Launch SD needs business partners to provide education and career tools to youth ages 16-24. We’re creating partnerships to give students exposure to more work opportunities to make informed decisions about future careers. The more hands-on a learning experience is, the more likely a student is to get excited about the industry. 

Many training opportunities exist, such as:

  • Registered Apprenticeships
  • Internships and work experiences
  • Job shadowing
  • Informational interviews
  • Classroom presentations
  • Career and post-high fairs

As a partner, you’ll expose your industry to youth who may not know certain fields exist. You’ll raise career awareness to help youth succeed and reach their potential. You’ll build a positive reputation and may even end up with full-time, permanent employees. 

Career Advisors will help you create work experiences. They’ll also work with students on soft skills, monitor students, and promote your job openings. Your time investment can range from one hour providing an informational interview to several months providing an internship to 2,000 hours offering a Registered Apprenticeship.

Career Launch SD is a no cost service to build your workforce pipeline and increase employee retention. Fill out the form at to express your interest, and we will meet with you personally to get you started. 

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Meet Your New LMI Administrator

Youth Employment Webinar

Melodee Lane was named Administrator of the Labor Market Information Center (LMIC) in April. LMIC collects, analyzes and provides public information on the labor market of the state. In her new position, Melodee’s vision is for improved, value-added information to better serve our customers.

She says, “I hope to do more outreach to put our valuable information in the hands of those who can benefit from it. We sometimes hear “LMIC is the best-kept secret!” I want to change that. Our great team has extensive knowledge and experience in labor market information; I want to help people tap into that. I also want to learn more about our users’ information needs, and improve how we deliver data to better meet those needs.” 

Melodee has held various public information positions in LMIC and DLR the last 30 years, gaining valuable experience and knowledge about labor market data. Melodee’s formal education is in journalism. Ironically, she says one of the reasons she chose that career path was to avoid math, realizing it wasn’t her strongest suit. But working in LMIC for so many years, she’s learned to love numbers for the stories they can tell and all the important ways they can be used.

Any questions can be directed to Melodee and her team at 605.626.2314.

DLR and the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a free webinar Tuesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

“Youth Employment Laws: What You Need to Know” will cover how many hours 14- through 17-year-olds can work, what occupations are deemed hazardous, workers’ compensation coverage and exceptions. 

“Engaging youth in the workforce is one way to help with our labor force challenges,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “Some myths exist of what jobs can or can’t be performed, and we need to dispel those for employers.”

As the presenter, Deputy Secretary Tom Hart will help businesses navigate the complexities of federal and state employment laws. He will also highlight the criteria for youth apprenticeship and student-learner programs.

“Teens are an important part of the workforce in South Dakota, and it’s vital that employers follow the law when hiring young people,” said SDRA Board President Gary Cammack. Read more.

Register here. If you have difficulty, email your first and last name, name of business or agency, city and state.

Soft Skills Training Available to Employers

DLR is offering eight-hour soft skills training workshops across the state. "Bring Your 'A' Game to Work" will be delivered at no cost through various education providers. 

The curriculum teaches desired workplace behaviors leading to personal and professional success through activities and group participation. Behaviors include attendance, appearance, attitude, ambition, accountability, acceptance and appreciation.

"As I've visited with business and community leaders across the state, a primary concern is lack of soft skills, especially in the younger workforce,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “This can include knowing to show up to work on time, how to cooperate with others and what is considered acceptable appearance.”

After completing the training, participants test over the seven behaviors to earn a Certificate of Work Ethic Proficiency. This transferable certificate can be used with multiple employers and shows hiring managers an employee is work ready.

“Several communities have offered the soft skills workshops to high school seniors,” said Secretary Hultman. “When asked how they would implement their new skills, replies ranged from smiling at customers to showing more appreciation to co-workers.”

The “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work” training was created by The Center for Work Ethic Development of Denver. Businesses wishing to arrange training for employees should contact their local job service office. Visit for a directory and list of upcoming events.


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June 2018


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