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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Published: January 5, 2022

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.

Cal-E-Grants is Open

The Cal-E-Grants team is happy to announce that today, November 12th, the first grant (Workforce Accelerator 10) was released for online submittal of the application.

Cal-E-Force Application Enhancements

Published: October 12, 2021

Effective October 11, 2021 ETP will deploy enhancements to the ETP Application based on stakeholder feedback.

February 2021 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

December 2020 Press Release

Employment Training Panel Awards $15 million to Train 10,800 Workers

The State of California’s Employment Training Panel announced that it approved 59 contracts worth nearly $15 million to train 10,800 workers. The panel approved $524,400 in training funds for Reborn Cabinets to help hire and train 285 workers in the manufacturing industry. Reborn Cabinets is a family-owned business that designs, manufactures, and installs custom cabinetry in kitchens and baths for homeowners. With the expansion of its establishment, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has designated this project a Critical Proposal as Reborn Cabinets will be providing new jobs for 285 new employees. 

Published: December 21, 2020

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