Training, Training Requirements, Trade Readjustment Assistance

TAA-approved training for trade-affected workers is a lifetime benefit.

TAA-approved training covers one certification or credential (certificate, degree, diploma) in a lifetime.

For a trade-affected worker to be approved to receive TAA-funded training, the participant must meet each of the following six criteria for approval of training:

  1. There is no suitable employment available for a trade-affected worker. It is the responsibility of the Local TAA Coordinator to determine the availability of suitable employment in the statewide commuting area as defined in DEO Memorandum: Trade Adjustment Assistance State Definition of Commuting Area and that there is no reasonable prospect of suitable employment becoming available in the foreseeable future. This criterion must be satisfied by reporting Employ Florida service code 114 (Staff-Assisted Job Search) along with a supportive case note within the TAA participant’s Employ Florida training application.
  2. The trade-affected worker would benefit from appropriate training. This means there is a direct relationship between the trade-affected worker’s need for skills training or remedial education and the skills that would be provided by the training program under consideration. The participant must also have the mental and physical capabilities to undertake, make satisfactory progress in, and complete the training, as well as be job ready upon completion of the training program.
  3. There is a reasonable expectation of employment following successful completion of the training. This means that given the job market conditions expected to exist when the TAA participant completes the training program, there is a reasonable expectation that the participant will obtain employment using the skills obtained.
  4. The approved training is reasonably available from either governmental agencies or private sources. In determining whether training is reasonably available, the Local TAA Coordinator must give first consideration to training opportunities available within the statewide commuting area. Training at facilities outside the statewide commuting area should be approved only if such training is not available within the commuting area or if there will be a cost savings to the TAA program.
  5. The TAA participant is qualified to undertake and complete such training. The TAA participant’s personal qualifications, including their physical and mental capabilities, educational background, work experience and financial resources must be determined adequate to undertake and complete the specific training program being considered. Evaluation of the TAA participant’s financial resources must include an analysis of the remaining weeks of Reemployment Assistance (RA) and/or TRA benefits in relation to the duration of the training program. If the affected worker’s RA/TRA benefits will be exhausted before the end of the training program, the Local TAA Coordinator must work with the TAA participant to determine if personal, family resources, or other financial means will be available for the TAA participant to complete the training.
  6. The training is suitable and available at a reasonable cost. This means that training may not be approved at one training provider when training substantially similar in quality, content and results can be obtained from another provider at a lower total cost within a similar time frame.

Two types of training:

  1. Employer-Based
  2. Classroom

Three types of Employer-Based Training:

  1. On-The-Job
  2. Customized
  3. Registered Apprenticeships

Employer-Based Training: On-The Job Training

  • Contract of employment in place that includes training in skills necessary for the job.
  • TAA Program funds 50% of the wages for up to 104 weeks.

Employer-Based Training: Customized Training

  • Designed to meet the needs of the employer or group of employers, such as an industry.
  • Conducted by a separate vendor.
  • TAA Program funds 50% of the training for up to 130 weeks.

Employer-Based Training: Registered Apprenticeships

  • Contract of employment in place that includes training in skills necessary for the job.
  • Funds are available until the participant reaches suitable employment or the deadline of training.
  • Funds are available for: classroom instruction, electronic and office supply tools, uniforms, equipment, study materials, and other tools to complete the apprenticeship.
  • TAA Program funds 50% of the training for up to 130 weeks.

Classroom Training

  • Remedial training courses and prerequisite training courses are covered by the TAA Program, if necessary.
  • Colleges and vocational institutions are covered.
  • Classroom training is covered by the TAA Program up to 130 weeks.
  • Part-time training is covered by the TAA Program. TRA is not approved for part-time training.
To qualify for TRA, training must be full-time as defined by the institution.

Frequently Asked Questions

1 Overview

  • What is Trade Adjustment Assistance or “TAA”?

  • What are some of the benefits and services are available under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program?

  • What is a trade-affected worker?

  • What is a trade petition?

  • Who may file a petition?

  • What is the trade impact date?

  • What is the eligibility period?

  • Is the certification date and the trade impact date the same?

  • Is COVID-19 impact a basis for TAA certification?

  • Where can I find more information on TAA petitions?

  • Who determines group eligibility for the Trade Adjustment Assistance program?

  • What are the group eligibility criteria defined by USDOL OTAA?

  • What document identifies the worker group eligible to apply for the Trade Adjustment Assistance program?

  • Who determines individual eligibility for the Trade Adjustment Assistance program?

  • What are the requirements for trade-affected workers to participate in approved training?

  • What are the two TAA training benchmarks?

  • A trade-affected worker is requesting training after the certification expiration date. Is he or she still eligible?

  • What are the criteria to obtain a waiver from training?

  • The waiver from training must be revoked under any one of the following circumstances:

  • What are the criteria for Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) eligibility?

  • What are the three (3) types of TRA:

  • If a participant is receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits, may he or she elect Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) benefits too?

  • If a participant is not in training and does not have a waiver for training, is he or she eligible for Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) benefits?

  • What is the difference between Basic TRA and Additional TRA or Completion TRA?

  • What are the criteria for TAA Job Search Allowance?

  • What are the established statewide commuting distances?

  • What are the criteria for TAA Relocation Allowance?

  • What agency is the contact for Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) needs, claims, questions, etc.?

  • How do I determine if a trade-affected worker is HCTC eligible?

  • What is Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)?

  • How are RTAA benefits calculated?

  • What is the maximum time limit or financial limit for RTAA?

2 Eligibility

3 Petitions

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