Meet Demeterius Smith

Demeterius is an apprenticeship consultant with Apprenticeship Carolina™ who covers Williamsburg, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Colleton Counties.

Born in the rural community of Dorchester, SC, Demeterius’s early years were infused with the small-town value of hard work, the importance of family and the strength of faith. He graduated as the valedictorian of his class from Harleyville-Ridgeville High School. Demeterius has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from Clemson University, and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Columbia College. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Columbia International University.

Throughout his career, Demeterius has been active in people development by serving in many capacities.  As an operations manager with a unit of a Fortune 500 company Demeterius oversaw training for over 200 employees. As an experiential education manager at a four-year research institution Demeterius work directly with supervisors at many companies across multiple industries to ensure that both the companies and university students were having the best experience related to their internship and co-op programs.

As a college professor one of the classes Demeterius taught was, “The World of Work”. It was a 3-credit hour course that took students through a wholistic experience of individual career assessment, work readiness preparation, and strategic planning for career attainment.

Some of the other capacities in which Demeterius has served others include author, admissions specialist, and registered program specialist. His passion for business, creative education, and helping individuals and organizations be the best they can be has helped to guide his career path. When presented with the opportunity to join Apprenticeship Carolina, Demeterius saw it as both an amazing way to grow in his personal career development as well as a perfect way to broaden the impact he could have on the development of others.

As an apprenticeship consultant Demeterius works within regions of the state to help local employers meet their individual workforce needs. He does this by helping employers to create a customize training program that standardizes training within their organization by occupation or by function (i.e., leadership/supervisor). The consultant role also involves helping employers think through the strategic implementation of the apprenticeship program for the purpose of maximizing success within the company’s culture. Demeterius’s skillset, training, and experience in economic development, consulting, coaching, sales, recruitment, organization management, teaching, and customer service allows him to bring a wealth of insight to each organization he goes to help.

He also works with key community stakeholders such as the local technical college, K-12 system, economic developers, chambers of commerce, city and county officials, non-profits focused on workforce development, professional associations, and state agencies to develop and implement a team strategy to address work force needs within the regions he serve.

Every chance he gets Demeterius makes it a point to educate others on the return of investment that having a registered apprenticeship program brings in the form of cost savings, employee retention, creating a workforce pipeline, and tax credits to name a few. He also likes to highlight the stories of the individuals whose lives are being change by the great opportunity that registered apprenticeship programs offer. Demeterius says, “It is both exhilarating and humbling the impact it has on me to hear others describe the impact that my work has on them.”

 

What three words would you use to describe yourself? 

Creative, Compassionate, Coachable

 

Please tell us about your job.

As an apprenticeship consultant I work within regions of the state to help local employers meet their individual workforce needs. I do this by helping employers to create a customize training program that standardizes training within their organization by occupation or by function (i.e., leadership/supervisor). The consultant role also involves helping employers think through the strategic implementation of the apprenticeship program for the purpose of maximizing success within the organization’s culture.

 

What is something that you love about your job?

I love knowing that the work I do will have both an immediate and long term impact on the individuals and organizations who participate in registered apprenticeship programs.

 

What drew you to apprenticeship?

The opportunity to combine my passions of  helping others, organizational management, and empowerment through education/training is what drew me to apprenticeships.

 

What is something that you enjoy or appreciate the most about being an apprenticeship consultant?

I really appreciate the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and to be reminded that at the end of the day we all have in common that we want better for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

 

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