General Clerk (Clerical) apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a General Clerk (Clerical)

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General Clerk (Clerical) apprenticeship

DOT code: 209.562-010

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Performs any combination of following and similar clerical duties requiring limited knowledge of systems or procedures: Writes, types, or enters information into computer, using keyboard, to prepare correspondence, bills, statements, receipts, checks, or other documents, copying information from one record to another. Proofreads records or forms. Counts, weighs, or measures material. Sorts and files records. Receives money from customers and deposits money in bank. Addresses envelopes or packages by hand or with typewriter or addressograph machine. Stuffs envelopes by hand or with envelope stuffing machine. Answers telephone, conveys messages, and runs errands. Stamps, sorts, and distributes mail. Stamps or numbers forms by hand or machine. Photocopies documents, using photocopier.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Input data on computer 900
B. Filing 100
C. Receptionist duties 400
D. General office procedures 500
E. Payroll records 600
F. Organize and update all trade information manuals and related data 500
G. Record and update routine financial data 600
H. Review and monitor trade periodicals (newspaper articles, political information relating to the industry) 400
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 4,000

Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.

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