Training Methods

Delivery Methods:

Classroom/Laboratory Training

Classroom training, aka "Class", is instruction in a classroom setting, provided to a group of trainees, and conducted by a qualified instructor. Laboratory training, aka “Lab”, is hands-on instruction or skill acquisition under constant and direct guidance of a qualified trainer.  Laboratory training may require the use of actual specialized equipment or facilities.

Productive Laboratory Training

Productive laboratory training, aka “Productive Lab”, is hands-on instruction or skill acquisition under constant and direct guidance of a qualified trainer in a productive work setting.

Electronic Training

Electronic Training, aka “E-Learning”, falls into two categories:

  • Computer-Based-Training aka CBT - is training delivered through a computer program at a pace set by the trainee. There is no requirement for delivery by a live trainer and training does not have to be interactive.
  • Instructor Led/Distance Learning - is instruction delivered by a live trainer through a web-based system, conducted in a virtual environment utilizing web meeting/webinar.

Trainer-to-Trainee Ratios:

  • Classroom/laboratory trainer-to-trainee ratio is 1:15 for new hire classes and 1:20 for retraining classes.
  • Productive Laboratory trainer-to-trainee ratio is 1:1 for retraining classes.
  • Electronic Training:
    • Computer-Based-Training trainer-to-trainee ratio is Not Applicable.
    • E-Learning trainer-to-trainee ratio is 1:15 for new hire and 1:20 for retraining classes.

Training Types:

ETP can fund a wide variety of training. Historically, the following have been the most commonly funded types of training:

(These can change based on delivery methods.)   

  • Business Skills
  • Commercial Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Continuous Improvement Skills
  • Green/Clean Skills
  • Hazardous Materials Skills
  • Management Skills
  • Manufacturing Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Medical Skills (Didactic)
  • Apprenticeship
  • Job Readiness Skills

Note: Funding is not limited to these training types. However, your company can decide what training types will be provided. Training can be provided in house, by a training agency, or by a third party. Training providers should be California based, unless the training is so unique that a training provider cannot be found in California. Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) requires evaluation of trainee's English ability and may not typically exceed 45 percent of the remaining total skills training per trainee.

Training Level/Subject:

The training level and subject are available based on some on the selected training types, below are the options within ETP:

  • Advanced Technology
  • Safety Skills (i.e. OSHA)







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Training Opportunities

The Panel funds job-related vocational skills training for businesses creating new jobs or retraining current workers. The plan for achieving training goals is outlined in a Curriculum identifying the following:

  • Type of training
  • Training topics/courses/modules
  • Delivery method (classroom/laboratory, videoconference, or computer-based training)
  • Number of training hours

Please review the sample curriculum as an example.