ETP: Employment Training Panel.
Established in 1982, the Employment Training Panel (ETP) has proven itself for more than 25 years as the state’s premier program supporting job creation and retention, through training. ETP is funded by a special tax on California employers and differs from other workforce development organizations whose emphasis is on pre-employment training. ETP fulfills its mission by reimbursing the cost of employer-driven training for incumbent workers and funding the type of training needed by unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce. Overall, the ETP program helps to ensure that California businesses will have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive.
Employers must be able to effectively train workers in response to changing business and industry needs. While the need for workforce training is critical, businesses generally reserve capacity building dollars for highly technical and professional occupations – limiting investment in training for frontline workers who produce goods and deliver services. ETP helps to fill this gap by funding training that is targeted to the frontline workers.
ETP funding works because it is predicated on simple and effective principles:
ETP’s role in the economy is derived from its initial mandate in 1982 of moving large numbers of unemployed workers quickly into employment and saving the jobs of workers threatened with displacement. The program has expanded that role over the years to include an increased support of retraining incumbent workers of businesses in basic industries challenged by out-of-state competition (primarily the manufacturing and high technology sectors). Today, ETP focuses on supporting job creation and business attraction, retention, and expansion, as well as the re-employment and retention of workers.
The Panel uses an application process for those seeking funds. The first step in the process is completion of an orientation. For your convenience, you can now complete the orientation on-line by going to www.etp.ca.gov. The goal of the orientation is to help potential applicants determine whether they are eligible to apply for funding, to learn the most important requirements of the program, and to learn how to apply for funding click on Get Started.