Program Overview

ETP is a business and labor-supported state agency that funds the costs of vocational training. ETP is governed by an 8 member Panel. ETP is funded by a tax on employers, collected alongside the Unemployment Insurance tax. ETP receives no General Fund support.

  • The program is funded by the Employment Training Tax paid by California employers, and targets firms threatened by out-of-state competition or who compete in the global economy.
  • The program is performance-based. Employers must provide proof that training hours have been completed and trainees have been retrained in well-paying jobs for a specific period of time at a specified wage before ETP reimburses payment.
  • Since its inception in 1982, ETP has reimbursed employers well over $1 billion for training workers in more than 80,000 businesses.
  • For Incumbent Worker training, employers contribute to the cost of training. ETP also funds training for unemployed workers
  • ETP provides additional incentive to assist small businesses and employers in high unemployment areas of the State.


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.

Getting Started

Upgrade your workers' skills by creating a customized training program. For additional information or to complete a program orientation see Getting Started or contact ETP's Economic Development Unit at (916) 327-4391.