Building Strong Systems

Employment Training Panel

Updated December 2016

This workforce development initiative of the California Employment Development Department provides California businesses with financial assistance to support customized incumbent and new-hire worker training in a variety of project types:

  • Multiple employer contracts
  • Single employers
  • Small business
  • Critical proposals (e.g., Rapid Employment Strategies Pilot on Natural Disasters—RESPOND)
  • Apprenticeship
  • Pre-apprenticeship/non-traditional

Assistance targets incumbent workers, potential low-income new hire employees, and many additional special categories. Contracts are often brokered by a consultant, and training providers vary.

The annual budget for this initiative is more than $90 million, drawn from a special payroll tax on California employers. 

Resources: Employment Training Panel website

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An excerpt from the CWDB State Plan highlights potential for better integration, and suggests focusing more incumbent worker funding on sector training that meets regional needs and articulates with community college career pathways when appropriate. Such steps could provide the ETP with opportunity to further support industries with a skills shortage, engage employers based on occupational targets, and help participants produce portable skills.

Connecting the ETP with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs could help participants access supports and services based on individual assessment of needs, especially for ETP participants receiving literacy skill training.

ETP grants can support participants to achieve industry recognized credentials, helping meet the Strong Workforce Program goals for a robust regional economy. 

The initiative could partner with GO-Biz efforts to convene employers and colleges to dialogue and comment on curriculum and credentials. This could help build strategic career pathways for defined populations.

There could be opportunity to improve the use of data to track ETP investments made to upgrade skills of incumbent workers via community college career pathways. Such investments could be monitored using the Community College Management Information System through “funding flags” that track funding investments in community college education and training. 


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