An eligible worker will
have an opportunity to meet with staff in a local American Job Center for an
assessment of his or her employment and training needs. TAA will sponsor
training if training is deemed suitable and appropriate for the worker, the
proposed training plan meets TAA requirements, and funds are available.
Training may occur on-the-job or in a classroom setting and may include
college-level courses, technical or vocational training and remedial education.
If otherwise eligible, the
worker may receive unemployment compensation, TRA or RTAA funds while
participating in the approved training program.
The following requirements
must be satisfied to receive TAA approval to enroll in training:
There is no suitable
employment for the worker.
The worker would
benefit from appropriate training.
There is a reasonable
expectation of employment following training (must not be self-employment).
Training must be
reasonably available to the worker.
The worker is
qualified to obtain and complete the training, including having adequate
financial resources available to complete the training when income support
The training is
suitable and available at reasonable cost. Total TAA training
costs (including tuition, books, supplies, equipment and transportation) may
not exceed $23,000.
If the worker is
covered under a petition number lower than 70,000, training must be
full-time as defined by the training facility; if covered under a
petition number greater than 70,000, training may be either full time or
part time, but full-time training is required to receive TRA or RTAA income
Training outside the
United States will not be approved.
If the worker is
covered under a petition number lower than 70,000, the length of training is
not to exceed 104 weeks (130 weeks if the worker's training program includes
remedial education; the amount over104 weeks depends upon the number of
weeks of remedial training); if covered under a petition number greater than 70,000, the
training duration may not exceed 156 weeks.
Training should be
completed in the shortest period of time possible to achieve the desired
skill level and should occur during regularly scheduled times established by
the training provider.
Eligibility Criteria for
on-the-job training (OJT) includes some additional criteria:
No currently employed
individual may be displaced by the TAA OJT-funded worker, including partial
displacement such as a reduction in hours or non-overtime work, wages, or
The OJT may not impair
existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements. If the
training is inconsistent with the terms of a collective bargaining
agreement, written concurrence must be obtained from the concerned labor
There must not be any
other individual on layoff from the same or any substantially equivalent job
for which the TAA OJT-funded worker is being trained.
The employer must not
discharge an employee or otherwise reduce the workforce for the purpose of
filling the vacancy with a TAA-funded worker.
The job for which the
worker is being trained must not create a promotional line that will
infringe in any way upon the promotional opportunities of currently employed
The training must not
be in the same occupation from which the worker was separated and with
respect to which such worker’s group was certified.
If the worker is covered under a petition
number greater than 70,000, it must further be determined that the OJT:
can reasonably be
expected to lead to suitable employment with the employer offering the
is compatible with
the skills of the worker;
curriculum through which the worker will gain the knowledge or skills to
become proficient in the job for which the worker is being trained; and
can be measured by
benchmarks that indicate that the worker is gaining such knowledge or