Career counselors at MassHire Career Centers can help you apply for an Individual Training Account (ITA), which provides financial support to job seekers who need occupational skills training in order to successfully re-enter the workforce. Eligible individuals choose from a pre-approved list of training courses, and tuition costs are paid directly out of the ITA. To find out if you are eligible for an ITA, please contact a MassHire Career Center.
Section 30, also known as the Training Opportunity Program, allows you to enroll in an approved training program while collecting unemployment insurance benefits, and may enable you to collect up to an additional 26 weeks of benefits. Section 30 does not provide funding for tuition, however.
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) provides training and other benefits to workers who lose their jobs, or whose hours of work and wages are reduced, as a result of increased imports or outsourcing of their jobs overseas. Additionally, weekly Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) may be payable to eligible workers following the exhaustion of unemployment benefits. To qualify for these benefits, a petition must be filed with USDOL to certify that the company’s layoffs were trade-affected. If USDOL certifies the company, each individual worker must then apply for eligibility. For assistance in filing a petition for trade impacted status, contact a MassHire Career Center or call the Department of Career Services’ Trade Unit at (617) 626-6007. For more information about the program, go to www.doleta.gov/tradeact.