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 News

Published: May 6, 2021

ETP will be scheduling MEC contract management walkthrough sessions in May and June 2021. The migration of the active Multiple Employer Contracts (MECs) is coming soon.


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.

SEED Grant

ETP and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency is pleased to announce the proposed awardees for the Social Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) Grant. Awards will be finalized at the April 2nd Panel meeting.

Notice to Stakeholders: ETP’s COVID-19 Response

With the continuation of the stay-at-home orders, and extended impact on our economy, ETP is extending and expanding the COVID-19 Response Plan into Phase 3.

ETP and Digital Signature (via DocuSign)

As of June 2020, ETP has deployed the use of DocuSign starting with ETP Contracts, allowing contractors to digitally sign contracts. As of December 2020 ETP will also start sending Modifications for signature through DocuSign.

Funding Priority Modifications

In direct response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Employment Training Panel (ETP) has implemented critical modifications to the funding priorities.

Guidance for Employers and Workers on Coronavirus

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

Latest 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

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