Benefits and Services Technical Assistance for TAA Practitioners

This benefits and services technical assistance page is intended to provide details on how benefits and services operate for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) practitioners.  For information of the benefits and services available, including comparisons between versions of the program, see the Benefits and Services page.

Special TAA Benefit and Service Topics

Informative

TAA Brochure

The TAA Brochure can be used in electronic or print form to introduce the TAA Program.

Work-Based Learning

The TAA Program can provide work-based learning opportunities including on-the-job training (OJT), customized training, and apprenticeships.  Here are a few resources to help states address common questions regarding TAA and work-based learning.

  • TAA and OJT FAQ provides information about On-The-Job Training (OJT) and TAA including frequently asked questions and how to overcome myths and barriers to integrating OJT into TAA.

  • TAA/Apprenticeship Fact Sheet provides information on how TAA works with Apprenticeship.

TAA Co-Enrollment

Co-enrollment of TAA participants with other applicable workforce programs such as WIOA Dislocated Worker and WIOA Adult are critical to integrated service delivery and ensuring participants have access to the services needed.  Here are some resources that you might find helpful in improving program coordination and co-enrollment.

  • Perceived Barriers of Cost & Performance - this document discusses the perceived cost and performance barriers to co-enrollment with the WIOA Dislocated Worker program. Also included are scenarios to help practitioners increase co-enrollment. Updated 3/24/21.

  • Perceived Barriers of Eligibility and Benefits/Services - this document discusses the perceived eligibility and benefit/service provision barriers to co-enrollment with the WIOA Dislocated Worker program. Also included are scenarios to help practitioners increase co-enrollment. Updated 3/24/21.

Information on how to report co-enrollment with the TAA Program can be found on our Participant Reporting page.

Efforts to Improve Outcomes

As stipulated in Sec. 239(j)(1)(C) of TAARA 2015, states must provide "a description of efforts made to improve outcomes for workers under the trade adjustment assistance program that promote efficiency and effectiveness."

  • State Efforts to Improve Outcomes are posted publicly every quarter.  Review these to identify best practices and learn what other states are doing.
  • Reporting TAA "Efforts to Improve Outcomes" in PIRL - webinar provided information on how to write high-quality narratives for "Efforts to Improve Outcomes," how to submit the information, and a discussion of what types of information users should or should not include.
  • PIRL Efforts to Improve Outcomes FAQ - this document explains what to include in state efforts to improve outcomes, how to report them through WIPS, and other frequently asked questions. Updated 9/27/19.
  • Quarterly Workforce System Results highlight one state's Effort to Improve Outcomes each quarter. 

Job Search

The Job Search Allowance is an under-utilized benefit available to adversely affected workers (AAW) under the TAA Program.  This document reviews the allowable activities and provides examples.

Getting Back to Work After a Trade-Related Layoff

Review these results of analysis on the TAA Program.  They answer the questions:

  • Do rural workers get hired?
  • Are older workers staying employed?
  • How long does it take to apply for benefits?

Discussion Forum for TAA Practitioners

Administering TAA Program benefits and services frequently require practitioners to compare and discuss approaches with one another.  To that end, a forum is available on WorkforceGPS to ask questions and find peer support.