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Clerical Apprenticeship Program

Clerical Apprenticeship Program

Clerical apprenticesPurpose

The purpose of the Apprenticeship Program is to ensure the professional development of all clerical employees by providing relevant educational and on-the-job training.  Employees may earn increases to their salaries with successful completion of level requirements.


Some of the benefits to the staff will be:

  • increased pay for a higher level of skills
  • preparation for industry certification, CAP Exam
  • increased knowledge & skills
  • no charge to the employee for coursework

The school system will benefit by having a highly qualified work force that will ensure a commitment to customer service and organizational expertise.

Clerical apprenticesWho is eligible?

Any contracted employee, who is in good standing, is eligible to enroll.  Employees must have at least a high school diploma or GED to participate in the program.  Participation in the program is voluntary.  If an employee chooses not to participate, he/she will continue to benefit from the standard pay scale. 

How do I enroll?

Obtain an Apprenticeship Application Form from the Human Resources office during the application period.  Obtain a recommendation from your immediate supervisor.  Send the completed copy to the Human Resources office by the deadline.    Please contact the Human Resources office for application period dates.

Can I receive credit for prior coursework?

After review by the Human Resources Employment Services Supervisor & the TNCC representative, credit may be given.  Documentation/transcripts will be required.  A passing grade of "C" or better will be required as a minimum before credit is given.

Clerical apprenticesExpectations

  • The Apprentice is expected to maintain a passing grade, "C" or better in all courses.

  • The Apprentice is expected to attend all scheduled courses.  If an Apprentice has more than one (1) unexcused absence he/she will be removed from the program.  The Apprentice is responsible for seeking approval for absences from the Human Resource Employment Services Supervisor and it is his/her responsibility to make up all work missed.

  • If the Apprentice has any work performance issues or disciplinary occurrences while in the program it will result in the Apprentice being dropped from the program.

  • The Apprentice is expected to be prepared for class and complete all required assignments by the due dates given.  The Apprentice should contact the Human Resources Employment Services Supervisor immediately if unable to adhere to any deadlines.

Download Program Guidelines

Download Clerical Apprenticeship Program Application