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. 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

STEPS 2019

ETP is pleased to announce that we are accepting Solicitations for Proposals for this year’s STEPS program. The final date to submit proposals is Thursday, February 21, 2019.

ETP’s New Management Information System

ETP has begun developing Cal-E-Force the new automated system to support our staff and customers on the Salesforce platform.


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.

Legislative Update

Several proposed bills have a potential impact on, or may be of special interest to the ETP program. Information and updates on these bills can be found here.

ETP funds support for training valley workers at Faraday Future plant in Hanford

Last year, ETP awarded over $11 million in funds to 13 Community Colleges across the state, such as the College of Sequoias (COS) Training Resource Center. Click below to learn more on how ETP funding is supporting California technology companies developing intelligent electric vehicles in a recent article by The Sun-Gazette and ABC 30 News in Fresno.

ETP Funds Advanced Skills to Strengthen Alameda’s Blue Economy

The SF Business Times has featured ETP and its funding to Bay Ship & Yacht in the May Alameda City Supplement, click the link above to read the article.

Latest Press Release

Employment Training Panel Awards More Than $13 million to Train Nearly 14,000 Workers

The State of California’s Employment Training Panel announced it approved 55 contracts worth more than $13 million to train nearly 14,000 workers. The panel awarded nearly $122,000 to the California Tooling and Machining Apprenticeship Association (CTMAA) to train 41 Apprentices.

Published: December 10, 2018

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