Work Experience

Work Experience is a work activity performed in return for benefit payments. It provides an individual with an opportunity to gain the general skills, training, knowledge and work habits necessary to obtain employment.

A Work Experience Program placement is a daily, unpaid, supervised training that’s based on a participant’s vocational objective. Work Experience assignments can be at public, private non-profit, or private for-profit agencies, businesses or institutions.

Although Work Experience Programs are unsalaried, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that welfare recipients who must participate in a Work Experience Program be compensated for their hours of participation. FLSA allows compensation to be provided in the form of certain needs-based benefits.

While participating in a Work Experience Program, DSS will provide the employer with worker’s compensation.

Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency? Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.