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California Employment Training Panel Announces Funding Levels for 2015-16 Training Grants

Cali rollThe California Employment Training Panel (ETP) is a state agency that provides funding to help employers provide training and skill development for incumbent employees and unemployed individuals. For incumbent workers, companies can quality for ETP funds to retrain workers whose jobs are threatened by out-of-state competition.[1]

Priority industries for ETP funding, include manufacturing, construction, green technology, distribution and transportation logistics, technical services, multimedia/entertainment, information technology, biotechnology and life sciences and agriculture.[2]

Annually, the ETP announces the amount of funds available along with application procedures and deadlines for the upcoming fiscal year. Earlier this year, the California ETP announced its application procedures and funding limitations for the 2015-2016 grant period.[3]

Below are upcoming application deadlines for multiple employer contractors and single employers:


Application for Funding Deadline Panel Meeting Date
July 1, 2015 August 28, 2015
July 29, 2015 September 25, 2015
August 26, 2015 October 23, 2015


For the 2015-2016 grant period, the total funding for the ETP program is $90,501,558, and is broken down below[4]:

Single Employer Contracts:

Single Employer standard projects                                                 $44,300,000

Critical Proposals                                                                                $7,840,000

Small Business                                                                                     $6,500,000

Multiple Employer Contracts:

Multiple Employer standard projects                                             $19,782,779

Apprenticeship                                                                                    $12,078,779

Per-project funding caps for the 2015-2016 grant period were also released. The funding caps are outlined below[5]:

Single Employer Contracts:

Single Employer standard projects                                                  $750,000

Critical Proposals                                                                                $900,000

Small Business                                                                                     $50,000


Multiple Employer Contracts:

Multiple Employer standard projects                                              $950,000

Small Business                                                                                      $1,200,000

Apprenticeship – per sponsor                                                           $450,000

The majority of the contracts that ETP approves focus on training new or existing employees to help stimulate job creation and the local economy. In addition to these standard contracts, businesses can apply for alternative or specialized funding for critical-needs projects, small businesses, apprenticeship programs, veterans initiatives and more.

ETP’s critical proposals are focused on high-impact projects identified by ETP or the Governor’s Office for Business and Economic Development, such as funding that was appropriated for drought relief in January 2014 by Governor Brown.[6] These proposals have an expedited development and approval process, and can generally be approved by the Panel Chair and Director without full Panel approval.

To be eligible for the ETP’s Small Business Program, a business must have 100 or fewer employees in California, and 250 or fewer employees worldwide.[7] ETP’s Apprenticeship Training Pilot Program offers funds for apprenticeship training through sponsorship programs. ETP has been looking for ways to continue expanding its program and offer apprenticeship training in new sectors.[8]

California businesses can contact their nearest regional office for additional information.

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[1] https://www.etp.ca.gov/types_of_trainees.cfm

[2] https://www.etp.ca.gov/docs/strategic%20plan/2014-15%20STRATEGIC%20PLAN%20-%20FINAL.pdf, page 6

[3] https://www.etp.ca.gov/App_deadlines.cfm

[4] https://www.etp.ca.gov/fund_limitations.cfm


[5] https://www.etp.ca.gov/fund_limitations.cfm

[6] https://www.etp.ca.gov/docs/strategic%20plan/2014-15%20STRATEGIC%20PLAN%20-%20FINAL.pdf, page 13

[7] https://www.etp.ca.gov/small_business.cfm

[8] https://www.etp.ca.gov/docs/strategic%20plan/2014-15%20STRATEGIC%20PLAN%20-%20FINAL.pdf, page 15


One comment on “California Employment Training Panel Announces Funding Levels for 2015-16 Training Grants”

  1. Bob Rotar says:

    I need to know if there are tax credits for retraining current employee to operate new computer software. We are a medical practice and we are considering changing our electronic medical record system and that change will require re-training of all of our staff.

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