WHAT IS TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE (TAA)? The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program that assists US workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade.
The TAA program seeks to provide these trade – affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed.WHAT IS THE GOAL OF TAA?
A petition must be filed with the US Department of Labor by or on behalf of a group of workers who have experienced a job loss as a result of foreign trade. After the Department of Labor Investigates the facts behind the petition, it determines whether statutory criteria are met. If the Department grants the petition to certify the worker group, individual workers may apply for TAA benefits and services through their State Workforce Agency.HOW DOES THE TAA PROGRAM WORK?
PETITION NUMBERS1. After receiving a valid petition, the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance (OTAA) assigns the petition a five digit case number.2. Workers with petition numbers between 70,000 and 79,000 may be approved on a full-time or part-time basis and are eligible for up to 156 weeks of training.3. Workers with petition numbers less than 69,999 and greater than 80,000 may only be approved on a full-time basis and eligible for 130 weeks of training.
2010 Texas Data 131 TAA petitions were certified. 12,893 estimated Texas workers were covered by new certifications.$26,627,497 in federal funds allocated to Texas to provide benefits and services.
TOP TAA CERTIFICATIONS Approximately 700 Hewlett Packard workersApproximately 700 Flextronics International workersApproximately 600 Freescale Semiconductor workers
WHO DO TAA participants come from a variety of backgrounds and industries, and therefore many enter the program with WE a wide array of skills and experience. SERVE? The majority of TAA participants who The TAA program enter the program face similar has been developed challenges in obtaining reemployment, which can include no through legislation, education beyond high school, job regulation, and skills solely in the manufacturing administrative sector, and an average age of 46 with guidance to best serve over 12 years of experience in a the needs of this specified job that may no longer exist. unique population.
SIX TAA APPROVAL CRITERIA1. There is no suitable employment available within the local commuting area or in an area where the worker is willing to relocate.2. The affected worker would benefit from training.3. There is a reasonable expectation of employment upon completion of training.4. Training reasonably available from a private or public school regulated by a state agency or accreditation board.5. The affected worker is qualified to undertake and complete the training.6. The training is available at both a reasonable cost and at the lowest cost available for the occupation.
…This cannot be and will not be a subsidyprogram of government paternalism. It isinstead a program to afford time for Americaninitiative, American adaptability and Americanresiliency to assert themselves… TradeAdjustment Assistance… is designed tostrengthen the efficiency of our economy, notto protect inefficiencies.- President John F. Kennedy
HOW DO TAA SERVICES RELATE TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES? Colleges and universities provide the essential training needed for these workers to transition into suitable employment.
CASE MANAGEMENT ROLE OF TWC CASE MANAGER Verify eligibility Approval/Denial process: All on a case – by – case basis Provide guidance on training programs while ensuring all approved training programs meet TAA approval criteria
After student has met with TAA case manager, the student must meet with academic advisor/program coordinator for acceptance process and selection of occupational training. After student has selected the occupational training, case manager must ensure training program meets TAA approval criteria. Once training is approved, case manager will issue approved Individual Training Account documentation to colleges.WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF APPROVING TRAINING AT COLLEGE FOR TAA ELIGIBLE WORKERS?
WHAT PAPERWORK IS REQUIRED FOR TRAINING APPROVAL? Academic advisor/program coordinator submits the total cost and curriculum to case manager. Signed training vouchers for credit courses must be submitted to case manager, per semester (refer to Training Voucher sample). Training vouchers for non-credit course programs can be submitted for the length of program. Advising report must be submitted to case manager for assessment purposes (Accuplacer, THEA, prior college transcripts). These assessments will be used in determining if the student will be successful in the program that has been selected.
CASE MANAGEMENT ROLE OF ACADEMIC ADVISOR – PROGRAM COORDINATOR•Determine college readiness – (TSI Requirements)•Provide guidance on acceptance process of college•Provide cost and curriculum to case manager once studenthas selected the occupational training of interest•Provide academic progress to case manager each semester(credit courses) or monthly (non-credit courses)
TAA APPROVED TRAINING CURRICULUM•The training program must be amended andapproved prior to any changes in the curriculum.•TWC will not pay for classes that are not requiredto complete the training program.•Case manager must be notified immediately ifstudent withdraws from training.
SELF - FINANCING•Self-financing from personal or family resources is notpermitted. This includes student loans, since they have to berepaid.•Since scholarships and government grants do not have to berepaid, they are not considered self-financing.•Funds from Pell grants are retained by the worker forpersonal living expenses unless the worker voluntarily requestsuse of Pell grants to lower the cost of training that wouldotherwise be denied because of unreasonable cost.
Helpful TAA Links:U.S. Department of Labor: www.doleta.gov/tradeactPetition Filing Information: www.doleta.gov/tradeact/FAQ.cfmTexas Workforce Commission: www.twc.state.tx.usJob Search: www.workintexas.comLabor Market Information: www.bls.gov; www.careerinfonet.org
Susan worked at her job for approximately 30 years prior to her layoff, and was extremely worried to be “60 years old, without a job, and only have a high school degree.” Through TAA, Susan is now in training to become a medical administrative assistant. “The program is a blessing for me… it has made a difference, it gives me more dignity. I don’t know where a lot of us would be without that education” - Susan B.