Training Methods

Delivery Methods:

Classroom (Class): Formal instruction provided in a classroom setting that is removed from the trainee’s usual work environment. Training is provided regularly under the direct guidance of a qualified trainer. 

Laboratory (Lab): Hands-on instruction or skill acquisition conducted in a non-productive environment, or simulated work setting. Training may require specialized equipment or facilities.  Trainer time is dedicated exclusively to instruction of trainees.   

Productive Laboratory (PL): Hands-on training under the direction and supervision of a trainer dedicated exclusively to the instruction of the trainees.  Training will be designed to provide trainees with the opportunity for closely supervised, on-the-job-training at the work site. 

Electronic Training (E-Learning): Training is conducted in a virtual environment utilizing a Web-based platform (i.e. WebEx, GoTo Meeting) with designated start and end times. Training is a real-time interactive class session with an instructor. Trainees interact with instructor/students during class via computer monitor (i.e. audio, visual, or computer generated messages).

Video Conference: Distance learning provided through videoconferencing (no Web-based platform is used) with a live interactive class session and a live instructor. Trainees interact with instructor/students during class via video session (i.e. audio, visual).

Computer-based Training (CBT): Training delivered through a computer program at a pace set by the trainee. There is no live trainer and training is not interactive.

Trainer-to-Trainee Ratios:

  • Classroom/Laboratory, E-Learning, and Videoconferencing: 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 and up to 1:3 with justification
  • Computer-Based-Training: trainer to trainee ratio is not applicable.
  • Safety OSHA 10/30: trainer to trainee ratio is 1:40 
  • Medical Skills Preceptor: trainer to trainee ratio is 1:10
  • Advanced Technology: trainer to trainee ratio is 1:10

Training Types:

ETP can fund a wide variety of training, the following are the standard types:

(These can vary in what is allowed based on delivery methods.)

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

Some of the Training Types listed can be delivered with:

  • Advanced Technology:
    • Highly technical skills training customized to specific occupations that do the majority of their work on a computer or utilizing special computerized equipment. AT is approved on a case-by-case basis. Generally allowed under Commercial, Commercial and Manufacturing training types.
  • Safety Training:
    • Courses on safety topics in the general safety category or under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Generally allowed under Commercial and Manufacturing training types.

Note: Companies decide what training types are needed and 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.

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Training Curriculum

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 methods
  • Number of training hours

Please review the sample curriculum as an example.