Funding Limitations/Priorities

The eight-member Employment Training Panel is responsible for assessing California’s workforce trends and economic development needs. Thus, the Panel establishes funding priorities and limitations each Fiscal Year.

Project Caps

Contract Type2016/17 Caps2017/18 Caps
Single Employer$750 K$750 K
Single Employer Small Business$50 K$50 K
Critical Proposals$900 K$900 K
Multiple Employer (MEC)$950 K$950 K
MEC Apprentice Training: Per Sponsor$450 K$450 K

Note: All MECs: Funding is limited to one contract per fiscal year.

Funding Allocations

Contract CategoryAllocations FY 2017-18
TOTAL$95,000,000 Million
Single Employer$46,000,000
Critical Proposals$6,000,000
Small Business$6,000,000
Multiple Employer Contracts (MEC)$21,000,000

Priorities and Priority Industries

Priority Industries:Priorities:
• Agriculture
• Allied Healthcare
• Biotechnology and Life Sciences
• Construction
• Green/Clean Technology
• Goods Movement and Transportation Logistics
• Information Technology Services
• Manufacturing
• Multimedia/Entertainment
• Technical Services
•Job Creation Priorities
•Priority Industries (shown adjacent)
•Projects with a Demonstrated Investment in California’s Economy
•Projects Serving Drought-Impacted Regions of the State
•Critical Proposals – GO-BIZ References
•Projects Serving Veteran Trainees
•Small Business Projects

Lowest Funding Priorities:

  • Adult Entertainment – This includes the design, manufacture, distribution, servicing, management or sale of products or services in the adult entertainment.
  • Commission Sales occupations in Retail Trade
  • Gambling
  • Mortgage Banking – This includes financial and collections institutes.
  • Car Dealerships
  • Multi-Level Marketing
  • Training for employees of Training Agencies
  • Truck driving schools
  • Partners & Principals in Professional Firms – This includes legal, architectural, engineering, accounting, and tax advising firms.

Other Limitations

  • Support Costs – Multiple Employer Contract (MEC) support costs will default to the highest percentage (8% of training costs for retraining and 12% for new hire training). Applicants must justify the need for and amount of support costs, case-by-case.


  • Employer Demand in a MEC – Multiple Employer Contractors requesting funds for retraining must demonstrate participating employer demand for training, based on the MEC’s prior performance. If prior performance is 80% or more, the MEC must demonstrate 60% demand. If prior performance is less than 80%, the MEC must demonstrate 80% demand.


  • Substantial Contribution (SC) Levels – SC will default to the lowest percentage (floor). The Panel has flexibility to set levels on a case-by-case basis at a higher percentage (ceiling).
    • Floor: 15% first-time SC and 30% subsequent SC
    • Ceiling: 30% first-time SC and 50% subsequent SC


  • Training Vendors in a MEC – Training vendors are limited to providing no more than 50% of training in a single MEC.


Latest Press Release

Employment Training Panel Approves $8.3 Million to Train More Than 9,100 Workers

The State of California’s Employment Training Panel announced today it approved 38 contracts worth more than $8.3 million to train 9,132 workers. The panel awarded nearly $745,000 to the Northern California Elevator Industry Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Trust Fund to train 680 apprentices and journeymen in the building and maintenance of elevators and escalators.

Published: March 26th, 2018

Training Agency Certification

The Employment Training Panel has adopted guidelines to be used in making eligibility determinations for funding training by private post-secondary schools (Training Agencies). See summary of Training Agency Certification guidelines.

The determination of funding eligibility will be made by ETP during pre-application, with reference to these guidelines. (See also Unemployment Insurance Code Section 10210 and Title 22, California Code of Regulations Section 4400(z).