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TAA Benefits
Training

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 is exhausted.

  • 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 support.

  • 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.

  • Self-financing is prohibited.

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 employment benefits.

  • 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 organization.

  • 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 individuals.

  • 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 on-the-job training;

    • is compatible with the skills of the worker;

    • includes a 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 skills.


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