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S This administration is determined
to bring increased education and
training opportunities to all
Americans I see a future in
which those seeking a station in life
- whether it be the young dropout,
the first offender, the older man with
an outdated skill, the military rejected
- will have an opportunity to fulfill
their hopes and expectations a
society in which every person has full
opportunity to develop his or her
- earning powers, where no willing
worker lacks a job, and where no
useful talent lacks an opportunity."
MDTA stands for Manpower Development and Train-
ing Act. MDTA training programs help the
unemployed gain new skills and the underemployed
upgrade their skills.
Hundreds of thousands of men, women and youth have
already qualified for good jobs through institutional
(classroom) training and on-the-job training.
They were young people and old people, men and
women, married and single, of all races and creeds.
They were trained in skills and services ranging from
upholsterer to medical assistant, from auto body repair-
man to dairyman.
Maybe MDTA training is for you.
Following are some questions and answers which will
tell you more about the program and the opportunities it
offers, and help you find out if you qualify for
training under MDTA.
You may be eligible for training if you are:
* Will be unemployed.
* Working less than full time.
* Working below your skill level.
* A farm worker with a net family income of less than
* Between the ages of 16 and 22. have no work skills,
and need training to qualify for a job.
* 45 or older and have an employment problem.
* Seeking training for a skill in which there is a shortage
* Unable to get a job unless you improve your reading.
writing and arithmetic.
Training is given in public and private schools, or on
the job, where you are paid as you learn a new skill
in a plant or factory.
You must show an ability for the skill you want to learn.
If there are no MDTA training programs in that
skill being taught in your community, you may be sent
individually to private training facilities or to a public
institution in your home town or in another area.
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order to train for a job skill, or to get a job.
MDTA has a special program of job training for
persons 45 and older to help with their employment
MDTA provides for payment of up to $100 for physical
examinations, medical treatment and prostheses for
persons eligible for training. Such medical assistance
must be necessary to enable you to take training. You
must show that you cannot afford to get it privately
and that the services are not available otherwise
Yes, you may qualify for training now with full youth
allowances if you enroll in classroom training.
You may be eligible for immediate MDTA training,
either on the job or in a school setting.
Yes, if such training is necessary to prepare you
adequately for a suitable full-time job.
Not necessarily. You may qualify immediately for
MDTA training in a vocational school or on the job to
prepare you for a suitable full-time job.
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Advance payment of training allowance is now possible
to persons who otherwise would be unable to enter
or continue classroom training because of immediate
Perhaps. An experimental program has been authorized
for part-time training of persons, including employed
persons, to meet critical area or occupational skill
shortages. It provides training allowances of up to $10
a week for persons receiving part-time classroom
Yes. You can work up to 20 hours a week without
your earnings affecting your training allowance. Any
earnings in excess of 20 hours a week are deducted
from your allowance. If you are being trained on the
job. what you do after work hours is up to you.
Training may be approved for a few weeks or for a
number of months. The maximum time for which
training allowances may be paid to an individual is 104
The MDTA program provides training allowances to
the majority of classroom trainees. You may be one of
these. If you are being trained on the job you receive
wages instead of allowances.
Your nearest public employment office or Youth
Opportunity Center of your State Employment Service
will tell you.
Generally, the amount is based on the average weekly
unemployment insurance payment in your State. You
may also be eligible for an additional $10 a week
depending on the length of training, and you may
receive up to $20 more for a maximum of $30 a week
additional, depending on the number of family
dependents you have.
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If you have graduated from a Neighborhood Youth
Corps out-of-school program in the last 6 months, you
may receive regular MDTA allowances based on
average unemployment insurance payments in your
All trainees may be paid transportation costs to and
from the training site. In some circumstances only
transportation costs in excess of $2.50 a week will be
- If you are training on the job. your wages will usually
start at half the pay of the skilled \worker but usually
no less than the minimum \wage.
You may be eligible for additional living expenses
up to $35 a week, and for limited travel allowance
up to 10 a mile.
You may receive MNDTA payments up to $30 a
week while also receiving public assistance payments.
Your public assistance payments \\ill not be reduced.
The objective is to start you on the road to self-
support. If you are hired as an on-the-job trainee, your
public assistance is stopped because of the weekly
wages you will be earning.
A job cannot be guaranteed because job openings
change. However, when you complete training, the local
public employment office makes a special effort to get
you a job where you can use your new skills. They
will continue to help you to make good on the job. If
you successfully complete your on-the-job training.
you have a job where you trained.
The great majority of trainees are placed in jobs by
local public employment offices.
At the nearest public employment office or at the local
Youth Opportunity Center of your State Employment
Service. They can tell you about training opportunities
and help you find out if your abilities and interests
fit the skills being taught. If you are eligible for training
they can register you for a training course or refer
you to an employer who is conducting an MDTA
on-the-job training program.
Remember. .. new training opportunities may open up,
so if training in a skill suitable for you is not being
given when you first apply it may later on. Keep in
touch with your local public employment office.
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