If you have been unable to find suitable work, you may want to apply for training. If and when training is approved, TAA may pay for tuition, books, fees, supplies and tools that are required of all students in the same training program to be able to complete the training program.
There is a cap for the training allowance in Oregon. Contact your TAA Represenative to find out what that cap is. When you look at possible training programs, keep that cap in mind since we are not able to approve training that exceeds it.
If you are claiming unemployment insurance benefits, you will not have to seek work or accept work while you are attending TAA approved training or during breaks in training that are 30 days or less. (For trade affected workers certified under petitions that are numbered 49,999 or lower, the limit is 14 days or less.) Remember, this applies only after your training plan has been approved by your local TAA Representative
. Otherwise, you will need to look for work as directed if you are claiming unemployment insurance benefits. You may choose one of two types of training:
Some general rules about training plans: You must apply in advance for Trade Act approved training
- Classroom training- includes training at most public schools or private training facilities; please visit www.QualityInfo.org for possible school options.
There are some limitations so check with your local TAA Representative if you have questions. The classroom training program must give you the skills required to be job ready in a specific occupation.
- On-the-Job Training - if you find an employer who is willing to provide job training while you are employed, part of your wages may be reimbursed to the employer. An On-the-Job Training contract cannot be written for a job that you have already started so make sure that you request the OJT before you are hired.
. If you have already started school that is being paid for by another governmental agency and it meets Trade Act rules it may qualify for approval under the Trade Act program. Contact your local TAA Representative
to find out. Training can be approved within 30 days before the start date of training
. For example, if you are laid off in April and you have applied for eligibility as an individual and are determined eligible for TAA benefits and you find out that the training you want only starts every fall term, your training plan can be approved within 30 days before fall term begins. If you are collecting unemployment insurance benefits during that time you will be required to continue to look for and be available for work until your training plan can be signed by a TAA Representative. You are allowed one training plan
. This means that once you start your occupational training, you can´t change your mind and start a different occupational training. Be careful about the job goal that you choose. Do a lot of research first to make sure that the occupation and the training are right for you. If you are not sure where to start, contact yourTAA Representative
for help in finding career exploration and assessment assistance. The length of training cannot exceed 104 weeks of classroom or on-the-job training
. If you also need remedial training, the length of training cannot exceed 130 weeks. We count only weeks that you are in training. Break weeks do not count in the total. Training must be full time
. The definition for full time training is based on the type of training you choose. If your training will be at a community college, the college catalog will give you an outline of the classes you need to take each quarter to be able to complete your training. If you choose training at a vocational school, the full time requirements may be very different. Sometimes we are asked if a person can go to school part time and work part or full time. Since the TAA Law states that the training must be full time, a part time training plan will not be approvable. Criteria for approval of TAA training: Training can be approved if suitable work is not available for you in your labor market
. The definition of suitable work is work of an equal or higher skill level than your trade affected employment at wages of not less than 80% of your average weekly wage from the employer. If you are not sure if there is suitable work available for you or what your labor market is, check with your TAA Representative
for help. You must benefit from the training and be job ready when done
. Once you choose an occupational goal and a training facility, your TAA Representative will need to know if you will be job ready when the TAA approved training is completed. Sometimes we are asked if we can help with the beginning of a program, like a 4 year degree program. We would not be able to do that but we may be able to help with the training once it is within our training cap amount and time limits. There must be a reasonable expectation of employment following the completion of training
. You will need to know if there will be jobs available for the occupation that you choose. To find this information, check out the job openings and job market information on the Employment Department´s Web site
. You should also look at newspapers and other job search websites. Your TAA Representative
can also help you find out what the projections are for your job goal. Training must be available
. Once you have chosen a job goal, you need to find out where training for that occupation is offered. You will need to attend a local training facility if the training is available in your labor market. If it isn´t, then training in another state may be approvable. Training outside of the USA cannot be approved by Trade Act.
If the only training available is outside your labor market area, you may be reimbursed for travel expenses to and from the training facility by being paid the current federal mileage rate. If it is necessary for you to maintain two households because you have family members that cannot travel with you and have to stay home, you may qualify for subsistence reimbursement for your temporary residence near the training site based on ½ the federal per diem rate. For more information on what your labor market area is and reimbursement of mileage and subsistence, please contact your local TAA Representative
. You are qualified to undertake and complete the training.
Your TAA Representative will need to know if you have the skills and qualifications required for the training. You must meet the entrance requirements or pass the entrance exam for the training, if there are any. If it is a community college, take the placement test first to find out if you need to take any remedial classes or prerequisites. If you do need to take some remedial, adult basic education or prerequisite classes, can those classes and the occupational training be completed in the time and money limits? If you are looking into something like truck driver training, do you have any problems with your driving record that will prevent you from being accepted by the school or hired by an employer? Make sure you have the answers to these types of questions before you request an approval for a training plan from your TAA Representative. We need to know if you can support yourself financially while in training
. Do you have the financial resources to make it through to the completion of training? Although most of the students in Trade Act approved training are eligible for some type of unemployment insurance benefits, some students have had to drop out because it is difficult to make ends meet with UI or TRA benefits only. Some are not eligible for any UI or TRA for various reasons. Make sure you know if you qualify for UI benefits and/or TRA benefits and have a good idea of how long they will last before you plan your training program. Some of our participants have spouses that work or money available in savings so being ineligible for benefits would not be a concern. For a training plan to be approved, your TAA Representative
will need to ask you how you will be able to make it financially to completion. Your TAA Representative can help you if you have questions about your eligibility for UI or TRA. Training must be suitable
and available at a reasonable cost. This means that the training is appropriate considering your capabilities, skills and experience. The cost of the training is also taken into consideration. When the cost of training is compared, the plan that is more reasonably priced (and not exceeding the cap) can be approved if all other approval criteria are also met.