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

On December 17, 2020 ETP will migrate existing Single Employer Contracts from the legacy systems to Cal-E-Force. As of December panel all new single employer contracts will be in Cal-E-Force.

SEED Grant

ETP and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency are pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Social Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) Grant.

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.


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.

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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February 26, 2021
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