ETP Staff Contacts

MEC List (California Community College ETP Contacts)

ETP’s Frequently Asked Questions

About the Employment Training Panel (ETP)

What are the goals of the ETP?

ETP's goals are to support 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.

How is the ETP Funded?

ETP has historically accomplished its mission without appropriations from the State General Fund or alternative sources of funding. The core ETP program is funded by a special Employment Training Tax (ETT) paid by California employers, and only employers subject to this tax directly benefit from the program. In the last few years, however, ETP has received additional funding for alternative programs. The additional funding is provided principally through distributions from the Employment Development Department and the California Energy Commission (CEC). ETP anticipates ongoing commitments for additional funding. Learn more.

Who can participate in the ETP program?

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. Eligible entities include:

  • Single Employers subject to the Unemployment Insurance tax and having a California Employer Account Number (CEAN) with a prefix of 699 or lower;
  • Groups of Employers, including Chambers of Commerce, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees, Trade Associations or Economic Development Corporations;
  • Training Agencies which include the following educational institutions:
    • Community College or Community College District
    • University or University foundations
    • Adult School
    • 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;
  • Workforce Development Boards (WDB) (formerly Workforce Investment Boards) with the approval of appropriate local elected officials in the local workforce investment areas;
  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) 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.

Review ETP eligible entities for additional requirements.

What types of trainees?

ETP funds training for currently employed (incumbent) workers and individuals who are unemployed at the start of training. Review ETP training types.

ETP Training Program Benefits

For the Employer, the community, and the Californian economy:

  • Aid in global economy competitiveness;
  • Align with California Community College Chancellor’s Office Workforce and Economic Development Division initiatives;
  • Layoff aversion and business expansion;
  • Maintain high-performance workplaces;
  • Provide skill sets/training at reduced costs;
  • Provide skills for good-paying jobs;
  • Strengthen businesses competitive edge.

For the Subcontractor - Contract Ed expansion:

  • More training and more involvement with the community that it serves;
  • Beta-test for-credit curriculum for labor market relevancy;
  • Build business partnerships;
  • Extend college’s reach into community (off-location training);
  • Provide funding for contract education department;
  • Provide introduction to for-credit programs;
  • Serve participants not currently accessing college.

ETP Application Process

While the ETP Application process is very detailed, your Community College Multiple Employer Contract (MEC) can provide the assistance to access the ETP funding through the invoicing and reimbursement stage. The attached flowchart shows the process from Outreach, Eligibility & Enrollment, Training Plan, Funding Allocation & Subcontracting, to Training Delivery, Roster Creation & Tracking, through the end of the process, Invoicing & Reimbursement.

Contact your local Community College MEC to learn more.

Partnering with an ETP Multiple Employer Contractor (MEC)

The Community College Employment Training Panel Collaborative (CCETPC) will promote the development of customized training contracts between the Community Colleges and the Employment Training Panel (ETP). The CCETPC is committed to accomplishing assisting the Employment Training Panel attract and retain businesses in California; helping workers retain secure jobs by improving job-related skills; helping employers successfully compete in the global economy and promoting the value of workforce training to California Employers.

The CCETPC will inform its members and other community colleges of funds available for training from the Employment Training Panel.

The CCETPC will provide information regarding ETP requirements, benefits and expectations associated with an ETP contract.

Learn how to successfully partner with a MEC.