Technical Assistance - ETP

Workforce and Economic Development

About ETP

The Employment Training Panel is a business and labor supported state agency that assists employers in strengthening their competitive edge by providing performance-based funds to off-set the cost of job skills training.

ETP is funded by a special tax on California employers.  Under its core program, ETP can only fund training for employers that are subject to paying the Employment Training Tax. The core-funded ETP Program is supported by this tax and generates the $80 – $90 million dollars used by ETP annually for training funding.

While ETP funds California Employers directly, it also funds those employers indirectly by funding joint labor/management training organizations. The California Labor Federation Workforce and Economic Development Program (CLF/WED) is currently working with approximately 50 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees (JATCs) and other labor training organizations on ETP funding for pre-apprentices, apprentices and journey-level trainees.

The CLF works with Strategy Workplace Communications to develop ETP applications at NO COST to our participating  JATCs and labor training organizations. This is an important service to our affiliated unions.

It should be noted that in 2017, alone, 12 JATCs paid a total of $110,000 in consultant fees for ETP proposal development.  Again, this is a service CLF provides for its affiliates – AT NO CHARGE. 

For additional information about how we might help your union training organization with this funding, please contact Nica Constante, ETP Project Coordinator, at 510-590-1953 or by email at


Those eligible to seek this funding and hold an ETP contract are:

  • Single Employers
  • Groups of Employers, including Chambers of Commerce, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees, Trade Associations or Economic Development Corporations
  • Training Agencies include the following educational institutions: Community College or Community College District, University or University foundation, Adult Schools, Regional Occupational Program, Private training agency with at least a two year history of providing training and placement services to the public, and appropriate certification (see right)
  • Workforce Development Boards (WDB) (formerly Workforce Investment Boards) with the approval of appropriate local elected officials in the local workforce investment areas.
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grant Recipients or WIA Administrative Entities selected pursuant to the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, with the approval of the local Workforce Development Board and the appropriate local elected officials.