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. 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


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.

Vendor Limitation

New Vendor Limitation was put into place at the August 24th 2018 Panel Meeting. This replaces the Broker Model policy. This new limitation prohibits any vendor/subcontractor from providing both training – and project development or administration.

ETP funds support for training valley workers at Faraday Future plant in Hanford

Last year, ETP awarded over $11 million in funds to 13 Community Colleges across the state, such as the College of Sequoias (COS) Training Resource Center. Click below to learn more on how ETP funding is supporting California technology companies developing intelligent electric vehicles in a recent article by The Sun-Gazette and ABC 30 News in Fresno.

ETP Committee Meetings

The ETP Committee now has it’s own page on ETP’s website, with more information on upcoming Committee Meetings along with past Committee Meeting information.

ETP Funds Advanced Skills to Strengthen Alameda’s Blue Economy

The SF Business Times has featured ETP and its funding to Bay Ship & Yacht in the May Alameda City Supplement, click the link above to read the article.

Legislative Update

Several proposed bills have a potential impact on, or may be of special interest to the ETP program. Information and updates on these bills can be found here.

ETP and Community Colleges create “California Drought Relief Employment Training Program” – Brochures in English and Spanish

Made possible with funding from drought-aid legislation signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, the California Drought Relief Employment Training Program provides training to both workers and employers.

Latest Press Release

Employment Training Panel Approves $13 million to Train More Than 7,500 Workers

The State of California’s Employment Training Panel last Friday announced it approved 46 contracts worth over $12 million to train more than 7,500 workers. The panel awarded more than $150,000 to green technology company rPlanet Earth to train 88 workers in manufacturing and business skills at their new facility in Vernon, California.

Published: August 24th, 2018

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