The Employment Training Panel Mission
The mission of the Employment Training Panel (ETP) is to help employers maintain a skilled workforce in order to remain competitive. Training funds partially offset the cost of customized job skill training for incumbent workers or newly hired workers.
Report Author: The California EDGE Coalition
Date: August 2011
This installment of the Workforce Brief Series titled “Employment Training Panel” describes the state-operated program that is designed to upskill current employees and assist business in training their workforce. To learn more, download the full text of the article here.
ETP’s core program is funded by a redirection of .1% of employers’ unemployment insurance tax payments. The amount of money varies based upon the amount of taxable employment in the state for the year.
ETP also receives approximately $4.5 million in Alternative and Renewable Fuel Training Program (AB 118) state funds from the California Energy Commission to fund training for both incumbent and unemployed workers in alternative and renewable fuels and
By the Numbers
Funding for ETP in 2011-2012 vs. before the economic downturn
Funding in 2011-2012
Funding Before Economic Downturn
33% (5 million)
California Workers Earning less than $13.63 per hour
ETP is performance-based, so funds are not earned by the employer or training provider until trainees successfully complete training and are retained in employment (generally for 90 days). ETP prepares an annual report to the Legislature that includes information on projects completed during the year including individual and aggregate performance and cost information and the results of project evaluations.
ETP funds are used to train either incumbent workers or individuals who are unemployed at the start of their training. Only industries that pay into the unemployment insurance fund are eligible for ETP core training monies. The authorizing legislation also targets businesses that demonstrate the need for training because they are threatened by out-of-state competition.
More Reports from the California EDGE Colalition
Understanding Competency-Based Education, Credit for Prior Learning, and Other Flexible Learning Approaches in California
Postsecondary credential attainment is a primary path to economic and social mobility. However, more than 5.5 million Californian adults have some college but no degree and are no longer enrolled. For millions more who are juggling personal and work responsibilities, fitting college into an already hectic life seems impossible.
California EDGE Coalition Releases Policy Brief on New Educational Approach to Serving Low-Skill Adult Learners
. A new policy brief released by the California EDGE Coalition examines the ways in which other states are now successfully employing competency-based approaches to teaching and learning which allow students to move flexibly – and often much more quickly – through an educational program that is designed to make sure they know and can do what is expected of graduates.
Many Californians face significant financial, educational and navigational barriers to completing the education and training they need to succeed in today’s labor market. Read our latest publication, Making Certificate and Degree Completion More Affordable and Accessible for Low-Wage Workers
Become a Workforce Advocate
Sign up here for updates on letter writing campaings, advocacy efforts, and more.