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

NEW: Four optional questions have been added to the trainee enrollments section

These questions are new to ETP’s enrollment process and allow trainees to state their preferred name, sexual orientation, identity and sex assigned at birth.


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.

STEPS 2019

The 2019 STEPS grant awarded a total of $3.15 million to 9 California Workforce Development Boards to provide pre-vocational training and paid work experience to students with disabilities aged 16-21.

Cal-E-Force News

ETP continues to release additional functionality for internal users. On November 8, 2019 the last of the financial management components needed for ETP staff has been completed. 

ETP’s Apprenticeship Program Video

Learn more about how The Employment Training Panel’s Apprenticeship Program is supporting job retention in California, through training.

Latest Press Release

Students with Disabilities Receive Summer Work Experience and Job Training

The Employment Training Panel announced that it approved 43 contracts worth more than $15 million in job training funds for 12,000 workers. The California Department of Rehabilitation partnered with the Employment Training Panel in 2018 to provide paid work experience and pre-vocational opportunities to students with disabilities through the Summer Training and Employment Program for Students (STEPS). In its first year, six grants totaling $1.5 million were awarded to provide 332 students with job readiness skills.

Published: December 18, 2019

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