Examines services provided to Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) participants at all stages of their involvement with the TAA program.
The report highlights promising practices in the provision of these services of the Trade Adjustment Act program—from initial introduction to workforce services by the Rapid Response team, through job search, initial assessment, case management, training, and post-training placement services. The report discusses how restrictions on the use of TAA funds are a decisive factor in some states regarding the amounts of, and organizational arrangements for, delivering these services. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

"The report found that assessment and case management are much more extensive for TAA customers who are interested in undertaking training. Further, these services are provided in greater depth for TAA trainees who co-enroll in WIA than for non-co-enrolled participants. In 25 of the 40 local sites studied in greatest depth, WIA staff primarily guide a TAA participant’s training choices, while TAA staff take care of meeting TAA’s technical requirements, such as eligibility determination, approval of training plans, and data entry to the state’s management information system. In seven other sites, ES staff members, partly funded by TAA, play the primary role, but the assessment, counseling, and case management services are often limited to self-services or entail limited staff help. In eight other sites, ES/TAA and WIA staff members share responsibility for guiding participants in their training choices. Post-training placement services are also more expansive for participants co-enrolled in WIA, but some sites are providing very limited placement help, regardless of program enrollment" (Abstract). (Abstractor: Author)