Other than the instance of an employer’s layoff announcement, the period leading up to such an announcement is often unknown to those outside the management of a company. By the time a layoff is formally announced or otherwise made public, many options for assisting the company and workers to address threats are no longer feasible. That is why it is important to use the LWIAs and Local Workforce Boards to provide a pro-active approach to layoff aversion by accessing Incumbent Worker Training.
On the other hand, providing publicly-funded training to incumbent workers (who are otherwise ineligible for WIA-funded services) when there is no foreseeable threat of layoffs in the future in order to generally “increase the competitiveness” of the employer/business, would not constitute a “layoff aversion strategy.”
Tennessee Department of Labor/Employers/Training/Grants for Training/Incumbent Worker Training