Funding Limitations

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 Type2017/18 Caps2018/19 Caps
Single Employer$750 K$900 K*
Single Employer Small Business$50 K$900 K*
Critical Proposals$900 K$900 K*
Multiple Employer (MEC)$950 K$950 K/$1.8 M**
MEC Apprentice Training: Per Sponsor$450 K$950 K/$1.8 M**
*Delegation Order: Proposals approved via Delegation Order are capped at $75 K
**MECs over $950 K need to wait 18 months from the start of the contract term before submitting a new Pre-Application 

Funding Allocations

Contract CategoryAllocations FY 2018-19
TOTAL$103,000,000 Million
Single Employer$48,000,000
Critical Proposals$5,000,000
Small Business$6,000,000
Multiple Employer Contracts (MEC)$24,000,000

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

  • Repeat Contractor Rule (Pilot) – 
  • Contractors may have 2 contacts without any waiting period.
  • After the end of 2nd contract term, contractor must wait 9 months before applying (Pre-Application) for 3rd contract.
  • If performance on any contract is below 75%, the amount of the new contract will be no more than the amount earned under prior the contract.
  • Repeat Contractor Rule described above starts over with 3rd contract.
  • Contractor may earn a maximum of $2.5 M over 4 contracts.
  • Critical Proposals, Alternatively Funded Projects, Small Business Projects, and MECs are exempt from the Repeat Contractor Rule. Any Contractor desiring exemption from the rule may request an exemption with Executive Staff.


  • Substantial Contribution (SC– Substantial Contribution is a reduction in reimbursement amount and can be applied by the Panel. The Panel has flexibility to set the % on case by case basis.


  • 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.


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

Panel Meeting Dates                   

Latest Press Release

Employment Training Panel Reaches 50,000 Apprenticeship Trainee Milestone

In 2012, the Employment Training Panel began funding the classroom instruction portion of state registered apprenticeship training programs available to pre-apprentices, apprentices, and journeymen. With its awarding of 12 new construction sector apprenticeship programs worth $9 million today, the panel has awarded a total of $85 million to 174 apprenticeship training contracts supporting 50,112 trainees since the program’s inception. The panel approved more than $14 million in apprenticeship training in the last fiscal year and has set aside $20 million in the current fiscal year – with $9 million awarded today – to meet increased employer demand.

Published: August 1st, 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).