Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a federal program that provides aid to workers who lose their jobs, are at risk of losing their jobs, or whose hours of work and wages are reduced because of foreign competition. TAA services are designed to help workers gain employment in the same or better than the job they were at risk of losing or have lost. TAA can provide eligible people with employment counseling, training, job search allowance and other services to help them gain such employment.
The TAA On-the-Job Training (OJT) program provides reimbursements to employers to help compensate for costs associated with skills upgrade and training for an eligible TAA participant. OJT employers may receive up to 50% of the wage rate of OJT participants to help defray personnel training costs. For employees to be eligible for the Minnesota TAA on-the-job training (OJT) program, they must be a participant in the TAA program.