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Free job training programs Tennessee.

Career Centers across Tennessee provide a number of employment services. They are wide ranging, free and include workforce development, career counseling, access to job training programs, and overall employee development. Counselors and specialists are available on site to assist the unemployed, seniors, veterans, and the underemployed get the help they need. Find locations of Workforce centers and programs in Tennessee near you below.

Skills, apprenticeships, and general career from Workforce in Tennessee

A few different types of skill training are available through the Tennessee career centers. They can be held as workshops or seminars. Some services may also be provided on an individualized basis.

  • The workshops can include topics such as how to create or enhance a résumé, develop interviewing skills, and how to best search for work and develop a network.
  • Adult Education classes can teach students and adults a number of things. They include topics such as math skills, writing, and increased reading comprehension. GED training and testing may be available too.

Educational programs are widely available across Tennessee. They can help adults who currently have basic skills develop new ones. General Educational Development, or GED exam preparation sessions are held in many offices and schools. Immigrants and others can also register into classes such as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). This can help people that wish to write, assist them with learning to read, and speak the English language.

Tennessee Career Centers offer clients the use of workstations. They can include onsite computers with free Internet access, specialized resume software, use of printers and more. The unemployed and job seekers can use the Jobs4TN Online Web site to search for openings or create and post a résumé online. Workforce centers also offer coding classes and teach the general population how to get (or improve) high tech skills in todays work environment, and this is part of free internet access points. Work with a specialist to find data on job training opportunities and also in-demand occupations.

Many employers work with the centers to find highly qualified applicants. So staff from the Career Center can refer individuals to local Tennessee or national employers who have open positions for which you qualify. There will also be job fairs and other miscellaneous hiring events held over the course of a year.




Clients of the Tennessee centers can be provided with Career Readiness Certificates. This is offered and can reflect an assessment of the individuals skill set. It is based on the credentials created from ACT WorkKeys. It will give employers and career seekers a uniform measure of basic workplace skills. It can help them identify any further education that is needed and get them on the right career path. The certificates will also help businesses in Tennessee as it will guarantee them better quality job applicants, reduce attrition and hiring expenses, and provide other benefits.

The Career Readiness Certificates will also gives potential employees an edge over other applicants. The program can also help them locate jobs that fit their skills and interests. It will help people determine skill improvement and training needs and can even lead to increased confidence and improves opportunities to advancement.

The federal government and state of Tennessee also provide a number of additional job programs and grants for secondary education. Those who use the centers, including potential job applicants, can learn about training available from certified programs available to adults and dislocated workers and also learn about resources available at Tennessee Technology Centers. Lean more on personal or educational grants.

The Tennessee Workforce Development Division is the main agency that is responsible for delivering the department's job training, employment and educational services to both job seekers and employers. Residents can receive a customized package of assistance programs. For job seekers and the unemployed, the offices are a source of opportunities, job training, information, and placement. Businesses can use the sites as source for more qualified, skilled workers, recruitment and training services.

Among other things, staff will coordinate adult education programs and offer more, such as retraining opportunities for workers who have lost their jobs. Specialists can also help professional job applicants that are seeking a career change. The Tennessee One Stop Career Centers are places employers, major businesses and job seekers come together.





Rapid job services for unemployed in Tennessee

A Dislocated Workers program is offered. This will administer workforce training through the partners that are part of the Tennessee Career Center system. A dislocated worker is generally defined as those who lost their jobs because of mass layoffs or permanent business closures due to the economic climate or as a result of even natural disasters. Skills assessment, employment-related testing, training information, referral, and general case management are among a few of the many services provided to those who were dislocated.

A key component of this is so called Rapid Response. A dedicated team works with employees in mass to inform them of the various employment assistance programs that the state and federal government offers.  Examples of these resources include Unemployment Insurance, labor market and in-demand occupation information, job search and placement assistance, assessment and testing, resume preparation and interviewing skills workshops, and occupational skills training and classroom sessions if deemed necessary.

Free counseling is also available to help the unemployed and so called Dislocated Workers with a variety of issues. They will help facilitate job search assistance and referrals. Also get general support in dealing with the stress of having lost your job through no fault of your own.

The centers are a great place for both businesses and employees to get local Labor Market Information. Access the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile data on Tennessee that is valuable to employers and job seekers. Learn about up and coming careers and what skills may be most beneficial in the future.

Career Center Job Fairs are held across Tennessee. Clients can take part in these special-event fairs that are held several times throughout the year. Some focus specifically on specialized employment sectors and others are for more blue collar positions.

Free job and workforce programs for the elderly and veterans

Workforce Development also offers services for Veterans in Tennessee. Representatives from the Career Centers will team up with the various branches of the military to reach returning service members. They partner together to help people transition from military to civilian life.

Veterans are required by the government to receive priority in job training and employment referrals as well as other, related career counseling services. The sites also serve as central contacts for referral of veterans to other local non-profit agencies for additional services.

U.S. Military Veterans will be provided priority service and attention in all of the Career Centers. All veterans in the state (and there are about one half million) are eligible for job referral and also the training programs that are offered by agencies such as the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The Tennessee Senior Community Service Employment Program is an option for low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55 years and older. The client needs to be actively seeking work and/or new skills and meet the income thresholds. They also help retirees make their savings last longer.

It is a federal government originated program and provides subsidized, part-time work experience to candidates. It will allow older adults in Tennessee the means to obtain the skills necessary for permanent employment. Those who enroll will hopefully gain new skills and talents, or enhance existing ones. The best part is that it is offered from hands on, valuable work experience and on the job training.

Many serves are offered as part of SCSEP. For example, the lead organization, the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will provide an assessment. This will help determine an individual needs for training, supportive services, and also gauge their potential for employment.







If you are found to be eligible, clients will be placed into a position in community service with a local nonprofit, public, or private sector businesses. They will work approximately 20 hours per week at a lower wage. However the key is to get job-related training. This may consist of upgrading existing skills, job counseling, assist with developing new skills, limited educational opportunities, and more. Some of the job sites may be schools, hospitals, law offices, and more. The positions may include nurse's aides and teacher's aides, clerical workers, and library clerks.

Career Centers in Tennessee

Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi Counties are supported by Tennessee Career Center at Johnson City
2515 Wesley Street
Johnson City, TN 37601
Telephone number is (423) 610-0222

Career Center at Clarksville is for residents of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner & Williamson Counties.
Address is 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 406
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 648-5530

Counties covered are Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Sevier and Union.
Center is at 6057 W. Andrew Johnson Highway, Alpha Square, Suite 6
Talbott, Tennessee 37877
Call (423) 317-1060

Tennessee Career Center at Metro Center
Davidson, Rutherford, Trousdale, & Wilson Counties.
Main address: 2200 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37228
Primary phone - (615) 253-8920

The Tennessee Career Center at Knoxville is for only Knox County.
Location - 1610 University Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921-6741
Telephone - (865) 594-5500
Get information on employers that are hiring in the region, register for job training resources, and work with career counselors on activities such as resume review.

One Stop Center at Columbia
Families in the counties of Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry and Wayne should use this center.
Location is 119 Nashville Highway, Suite 106
Northway Shopping Center
Columbia, TN 38401
Telephone number - (931) 490-3800

Crossville Office
Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cumberland, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane & Scott Counties.
Address is 60 Ridley Street
Crossville, TN 38555
(931) 484-7456

Tennessee Career Center at Jackson
Regions/Counties - Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, McNairy and Madison.
362 Carriage House Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
Call (731) 668-2040

Tennessee Career Center - Chattanooga
Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Polk, Rhea & Sequatchie counties.
Address: 5600 Brainerd Road, Suite A-5
Chattanooga, TN 37411
Telephone number: (423) 894-5354





Dyersburg Center
Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion, Tipton & Weakley Counties.
439 McGaughey Street
Dyersburg, TN 38024
(731) 286-8300

Career Center at Tullahoma - Counties are Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore and Warren.
111 East Lincoln Street
Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388
Telephone: (931) 454-1905

Tennessee Career Center at Memphis of Fayette & Shelby Counties.
Address - 444 North Main Street, 2nd Floor
Memphis, TN 38105
Telephone: (901) 222-1800

Cookeville Career Center
Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, VanBuren & White Counties.
580 South Jefferson Avenue, Suite A
Cookeville, Tennessee 38501
(931) 526-9701

By Jon McNamara











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