Individual Application After TAA Petition Certification
Individual Assessment and Case Management Services
The goal of the TAA
program is to provide the assistance needed to quickly return to suitable
employment, “suitable” meaning work of equal or higher skill level compared to
the worker's past trade-impacted employment, paying wages at least 80 percent of
the worker's average weekly wage.
A career development
specialist (CDS) will assess the worker's employment and training needs and help
develop an individual employment plan. After examining an individual's work
history, educational background and recent job-seeking efforts along with
current and projected labor market data, training may be considered if the
assessment reveals that the individual lacks marketable skills necessary to
return to suitable employment. Any training proposed must be evaluated in terms
of its appropriateness for the worker as well as its cost, duration and
anticipated effectiveness. Information will be provided by the CDS to help the
worker make an informed choice among approvable training options. The
reemployment plan may also include short-term prevocational services such as
those intended to enhance communications and interviewing skills. If a worker
is initially found to possess marketable skills but demonstrates a need for
training over time, the employment plan may be amended to include training. The
worker should maintain a list of all job-seeking efforts to assist the CDS
monitor the effectiveness of the employment plan.
The Trade and
Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 amended Section 235 of the Trade
Act to specify that the following employment and case management services shall
be made available to adversely affected workers and adversely affected
incumbent workers covered by a Trade Act certification:
Comprehensive and specialized assessment of skill levels and service needs, including through a)
diagnostic testing and use of other assessment tools; and b) in-depth
interviewing and evaluation to identify employment barriers and appropriate
Development of an
individual employment plan to identify employment goals and objectives, and
appropriate training to achieve those goals and objectives.
Information on training available in local and regional areas, information on individual
counseling to determine which training is suitable training, and information on
how to apply for such training.
Information on how to apply for financial aid, including referral to educational opportunity centers
described in section 402F of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. §
1070a-16), where applicable, and notification that workers may request financial
aid administrators at institutions of higher education to use the
administrators’ discretion under section 479A of such Act (20 U.S.C. § 1087tt)
to use current year income data, rather than preceding year income data, for
determining the amount of need of the workers for Federal financial assistance.
Short-term prevocational services, including development of learning skills, communications
skills, interviewing skills, punctuality, personal maintenance skills, and
professional conduct to prepare individuals for employment or training.
Individual career counseling, including job search and placement counseling, during the period in
which the individual is receiving a trade adjustment allowance or training, and
after receiving such training for purposes of job placement.
Provision of employment statistics information, including the provision of accurate
information relating to local, regional, and national labor market areas,
job vacancy listings in such
labor market areas and information on the skills
necessary to obtain jobs identified in job vacancy
information relating to local
occupations that are in demand and the earnings
potential and skills requirements for such occupations.
Information relating to the
availability of supportive services, including services
relating to child care, transportation, dependent care,
housing assistance, and need-related payments that are
necessary to enable an individual to participate in
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