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

Notice to Stakeholders: ETP’s COVID-19 Response

At the May 15, 2020 Panel meeting, Panel approved extending and expanding the existing COVID-19 Response Plan, and also approved a new COVID Rapid Reemployment and Retraining Pilot.


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 and Digital Signature (via DocuSign)

ETP is rolling out the use of DocuSign starting with ETP Contracts, allowing contractors to digitally sign contracts starting June 2020.

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

Cal-E-Force News

ETP continues to release additional functionality for internal users. The project team has planned for an additional 6 major releases to productions with 3 to 4 minor releases.

STEPS 2020

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

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

Employment Training Panel Provides Training Funds to Sectors Critical During COVID-19 Pandemic

The State of California’s Employment Training Panel announced that it approved 13 contracts worth over $3 million in job training funds for 3,800 workers. Panel members approved companies contributing to the COVID-19 recovery effort, including The Shirley Ware Education Center and Apeel Technology dba Apeel Sciences. Together, these business will receive contracts worth over $773,262 to supply their employees with critical job skills.

Published: July 29, 2020

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