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

Apprenticeship Program Funding – Informational Sessions

Published: May 5, 2023

Virtual informational sessions covering ETP’s Apprenticeship Program Funding will be held via Zoom on May 9th & May 23rd, 2023, from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.


Published: May 17, 2023

ETP has funded training for Veterans for over six years, and is proud to recognize the companies that have stepped forward with a Veterans training component.

Application Windows for FY 22/23 & 23/24

Published: March 27, 2023

In order to fund the remaining fiscal year application demand, ETP will close the FY 2022-23 application window on March 30, 2023, @ 5:00 p.m., and reopen the application window for FY 2023-24 on May 1, 2023, @ 9:00 a.m.

ETP’s Alternative Funding Programs

Published: March 24, 2023

The application window for both of ETP’s Alternative Funding Programs closed on March 20, 2023 at 3:00 p.m., next steps & updates on these programs will continue to be shared.

ETP Highlights

Governor Newsom Highlights Investments in Entrepreneurship Initiative During Visit to Immigrant-Owned Small Business

Published: Jun 10, 2022
Governor Newsom and small business owners discuss the importance of SEED microgrants. SEED is a $30 million initiative supporting entrepreneurship for Californians facing significant employment barriers. Read the full highlight

Governor Newsom visits small business owners supported by state’s Social Entrepreneurs for Economic Development initiative

Governor Newsom visits small business owners supported by state’s Social Entrepreneurs for Economic Development initiative.

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Gavin C. Newsom

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Governor Appointed Chairperson


Reg R. Javier

Executive Director

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