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

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. 

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 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.

ETP’s Apprenticeship Program Video

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

October 2019 Panel Meeting – Date Change

The October 2019 Panel Meeting date & location has been changed to Friday, November 1st @ City Hall

Latest Press Release

Employment Training Panel Approves Cannabis Industry Application Procedures

The Panel announced that it will now accept and consider cannabis industry applications from licensed businesses. ETP will process applications for training contracts using the same eligibility requirements currently used for all companies seeking funding. The Panel will also ensure regulatory compliance of valid, current and active cannabis-related licenses from the Bureau of Cannabis Control; the California Department of Food and Agriculture; and the California Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch.

Published: August 27, 2019

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Next Panel Meetings

November 2019, No Panel

December 13, 2019
CalEPA - Sierra Room
1001 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Friday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM