Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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Workforce Services for Individuals

Individuals Age 55+

The population of the U.S. continues to age, and older workers play an important role in maintaining our economy and workforce. The Department of Labor and Regulation offers many opportunities to help individuals aged 55 and older learn new workplace skills, find suitable training, re-career and enter meaningful employment.

Adult Education

The Adult Education and Literacy Program emphasizes skills such as reading, writing, numeracy, financial literacy, English language competency, problem-solving, health literacy and family literacy. These skills bolster workplace readiness, and transition to postsecondary education and a higher quality of life for South Dakotans.


South Dakota has more than 100 Registered Apprenticeship programs in industries such as construction, dental, municipalities, health services, fire protection, fire medic, electric, plumbing and building maintenance. Apprenticeships provide on-the-job experience in addition to classroom curriculum.

Dislocated Worker Training

If you are facing a layoff because the company you work for is downsizing, going out of business or moving out of the state or the country, DLR can help you get back to work as soon as possible. Job search assistance is available, along with counseling and skills retraining services.

Job Search Workshops

The Job Search Workshops are free workshops for people recovering from job loss or enhancing their job search skills. Trained instructors speak on modern-day techniques used to successfully find employment. Topics covered are: resume and cover letter writing, interviewing etiquette, networking effectively, using social media and much more.

National Career Readiness Certificate

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC ™) is an industry-recognized credential certifying essential skills necessary for workplace success. The three assessments measure applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Eligible individuals can earn income and receive training and experience to help develop employment skills while working part-time for a non-profit or government agency. Requirements include being an unemployed South Dakota resident 55 or older with an income no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty level. Learn more about SCSEP.

Training Opportunities

DLR offers a variety of job training and education programs to help individuals realize their potential as employees. The programs will be adapted and customized to meet the need of the participant.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Employers can receive a tax credit by hiring employees from identified Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) target groups. Being WOTC certified has been proven to increase the job seeker’s ability to gain employment they otherwise probably would not have obtained.

Additional Resources

Comprehensive Job Service Offices

Department of Human Services

Department of Social Services

Division of Rehabilitation Services