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


Published: September 23, 2022

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.

Workforce Literacy Pilot Program

Published: November 3, 2022

ETP received $10 million one-time General Fund dollars to expand workforce literacy training in California. The application window will open in 2023 with a date to be announced.

Healthcare Workforce Advancement Fund Program

Published: November 1, 2022

Governor Newsom’s 22/23 budget approved in AB 178, $25 million in General Fund for ETP to support job entry and career advancement for entry-level positions and other workers in the healthcare and human service settings. Funding for the HWAF is a onetime appropriation from the General Fund to ETP.

Cal-E-Force News

Published: August 23, 2022

Prior closed ETP contract(s) dating as far back as 2016 are now visible in the Cal-E-Force system.

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

Office of the Governor


Janice Roberts

Acting Chairperson

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Reg R. Javier

Executive Director