The TAA Navigator Model is a comprehensive staffing strategy that has demonstrated substantial increases in petition filings and participant volumes in states where it has been implemented. 

This model addresses all aspects of TAA administration, including: (1) outreach to companies for petition filing, (2) coordinating meeting the training needs of participants in relationship with stakeholders, including training institutions, (3) collaboration with partners in the workforce system, including WIOA Rapid Response and Dislocated Worker Programs (4) working with businesses as partners in customizing training curriculums, and (5) developing work-based learning that leads to direct employment. Due to the scope of its impact, the TAA Navigator Model has been the subject of numerous ETA-hosted technical assistance events, including presentations from Oregon, which initiated the model in 2015, and Virginia, which adopted the model in early 2018.

Find associated resources in the “Related Content” section to support leadership buy-in, operationalize implementation, and support ongoing development in your state, including:

  • the TAA Navigator webinar presented by the State of Oregon (Recorded 10/18/2017)
  • the TAA Navigator Infographic – a perfect overview to share with decision-makers as to the effectiveness of the model and the resources available to support its development.
  • Oregon’s “Think Differently” form – a dialogue approach designed to engage employers and expand understanding in the ways in which Trade may be a contributing factor to layoffs.
  • Additional webinars - Guiding and Coaching Trade-Affected Workers and Business Engagement for Successful Outcomes
  • Example Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a community college
  • Example Credential Agreement to collect credential information from the agency coordinating state higher education

The National TAA Petition Workgroup focuses on the aspect 1 of this model: outreach to companies for petition filing.