|The Employment Training Panel
Leading California’s job training effort is the Employment
Training Panel (ETP). The Employment Training Panel is
a joint business-labor supported state agency that
provides training funds to empower workers, promote
business and propel the state’s economy.
The Employment Training Panel is a California State
agency created in 1982 to fund training that meets the
needs of employers for skilled workers and the need of
workers for good, long-term jobs.
The Employment Training Panel has paid over $1.2 billion in training
funds since its inception, with over 770,000 California workers trained.
The Employment Training Panel uses the Employment Training Fund
(one-tenth of one percent of subject unemployment insurance wages
paid by every private, for-profit employer in the state and some non-
profits also). This fund usually provides between $70 to $100 million
per year in training funds.
The Panel consists of business, management, and labor
representatives appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the
Assembly, and the President pro Tempore of the Senate.
The ETP Process
The application process begins with attendance at one of the regularly
scheduled orientation sessions held in the ETP field offices.
At the conclusion of the orientation session, each participant receives a
Request for Eligibility Determination form to complete which will be
used to determine their eligibility to contract with ETP.
Eligible applicants will be contacted by an ETP field office analyst to
arrange for a site visit to the contractor’s facility.
Generally, agreements are reviewed and considered for funding by the
Panel at one of their regularly scheduled meetings. The Panel
meetings occur once a month, and alternate between Northern and
Southern California. A potential contractor’s representative is required
to be present at the panel meeting at which their proposal is scheduled
for consideration. The representative makes a brief presentation and
answers questions about their proposal. Training can begin after the
contract has received final approval, and the Contractor has been
officially notified by ETP.
To be eligible to participate in ETP funded training, companies must pay
into the state’s Employment Training Fund.
ETP is unique among job training programs in that funds can be used
to retrain current employees.
To qualify the company must demonstrate Out-of-State competition. A
company faces Out-of-State competition if the company produces a
product/service sold out of state and/or has in state sales which
compete with products or services produced out of state.
Retrainees are those workers who are employed full time for a
minimum of 90 days with a single employer.
California companies are eligible if they are facing Out-of State
competition and they need retraining to:
Companies must also certify:
ETP funds a wide variety of training programs. Historically, the following
have been the most commonly funded types of program.
Manufacturing Skills Lean Enterprise
Total Quality Management Statistical Process Control
Production Techniques Computer Training
Material Resource Planning Customer Service
Management/Leadership Skills Sales Techniques
Continuous Improvement Literacy Skills
However, you are not limited to just these types of training. Under a
Panel contract, the employer devises the curriculum and selects the
Methods of Delivering Training
ETP funds the following methods of training delivery: classroom,
laboratory, technology-based distance training (video conference,
computer-based), and structured, on-site training. Following are brief
descriptions of these training delivery methods:
Classroom - Classroom training is instruction in a classroom setting,
provided to a group of trainees, and conducted by a qualified instructor.
Laboratory - Laboratory training is practical instruction or experience
conducted in a non-productive environment by a training agency,
training vendor, an employer, or a group of employers acting jointly.
Technology-Based Distance Training - Technology- based distance
training is instruction provided through videoconference and/or computer
computer associated media, such as the Internet, intranet, local
area network, and CD-ROM.
For classroom, laboratory and videoconference training, the trainer to
trainee ratio is 1:15 for new-hire classes and 1:20 for retraining classes.
Each trainee must receive a minimum of 40 hours of training within an
21 month period. Generally, training is limited to 200 hours of training
The Panel is mandated to fund solely job- related vocational skills
The curriculum outlines the contractor’s plan for achieving their training
goals while demonstrating that the proposed training meets these
Specifically, the curriculum identifies:
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