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.

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STEPS 2020

UPDATE: STEPS 2020 SFP submission deadline has been extended until Friday, 4/17/2020.

Notice to Stakeholders: ETP’s COVID-19 Response

The Employment Training Panel stands ready to support workers and employers during these challenging times. In a desire to remain flexible, and to help our Stakeholders and communities through these challenges, ETP will provide relief through extending contract terms, expediting the release of funds, expediting processing times, allowing alternate retention and recordkeeping requirements, and more.

March Policy Committee & Panel Meetings Cancelled

Both the Thursday, 3/26/2020 Policy Committee meeting and the Friday, 3/27/2020 Panel meeting are cancelled due to loss of quorum.

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


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.

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.

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. 

Latest Press Release

Employment Training Panel Approves $1.5 Million in Contracts to Train Thousands of California Workers in Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Jobs

The California Employment Training Panel (ETP) last week approved two contracts worth $1.5 million to companies that will train existing and incoming workers in important wildfire mitigation and prevention work. Both contractors will provide an 18-month arborist utility line clearance certification training program, where trainees will focus on drone management, rigging, mobile equipment use, and ground operations. The ETP approved a total of 26 contracts worth more than $6.3 million in job training funds for 8,758 workers in a variety of industries at the February Panel.

Published: March 3, 2020

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