The Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs. The ETP was created in 1982 by the California State Legislature and is funded by California employers through a special payroll tax. ETP has a tripartite governing structure, with appointed Panel members representing business, unions, and state government. The ETP is a funding agency, not a training agency. Businesses determine their own training needs and how to provide training. ETP staff is available to assist in applying for funds and other aspects of participation.

ETP News

Cal-E-Force System Enhancement

Published: July 20, 2021

ETP has successfully completed the planned System enhancements. Service is restored and you may once again access the system. These enhancements will be rolled out over the next few months.


Published: July 12, 2021

ETP has funded training for Veterans for the past six years, and is proud to recognize the companies that have stepped forward with a Veterans training component.

July Panel Meeting Canceled

Published: July 8, 2021

The July 2021 Panel Meeting has been canceled for this month.

Cal-E-Force News

Published: June 30, 2021

Migration of the active Multiple Employer Contracts (MECs) will be completed July 1, 2021. New Panel contracts will continue to be added to Cal-E-Force until the application process is deployed in the fall of 2021.

Application Deadlines

Published: June 9, 2021

ETP has adjusted the Application deadlines to allow Pre-Applications to move forward in a timely manner. Completed applications must be submitted within 7 calendar days of the preliminary eligibility notification date.

STEPS 2021

Published: June 7, 2021

ETP is pleased to announce, in coordination with the CA Department of Rehabilitation and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the opening of the application period for the 2021 STEPS Grant.

Pre-App and App Updates

Published: May 20, 2021

Effective May 15, 2021, ETP is now accepting pre-applications for the new Fiscal Year 2021/22

Guidance for Employers and Workers on Coronavirus

April 7, 2020

In the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), ETP and the Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) are providing a centralized source of information & guidance to help prevent exposure to the virus

February 2021 Press Release

Employment Training Panel Announces Grant to Support Business Innovation, Equity, and Social Responsibility through Training and Micro-Grants

The State of California’s Employment Training Panel announced the application period for a new grant that will foster business innovation and equity, inclusion, and social responsibility for individuals who face employment barriers is now open. This grant is open to non-profit Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with a deadline to submit a proposal by March 3, 2021 (3 PM PST). More information is posted in the February Press Release and on ETP’s Grant page here

Published: February 1, 2021

December 2020 Press Release

Employment Training Panel Awards $15 million to Train 10,800 Workers

The State of California’s Employment Training Panel announced that it approved 59 contracts worth nearly $15 million to train 10,800 workers. The panel approved $524,400 in training funds for Reborn Cabinets to help hire and train 285 workers in the manufacturing industry. Reborn Cabinets is a family-owned business that designs, manufactures, and installs custom cabinetry in kitchens and baths for homeowners. With the expansion of its establishment, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has designated this project a Critical Proposal as Reborn Cabinets will be providing new jobs for 285 new employees. 

Published: December 21, 2020

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