The Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs. The ETP was created in 1982 by the California State Legislature and is funded entirely by California employers through a special payroll tax. The ETP is a funding agency, not a training agency. Businesses determine their own training needs and how to provide training. ETP staff is available to assist in applying for funds and other aspects of participation. See Program Overview for more information.
Learning Management Systems
Staff is reviewing its protocol for approval of Learning Management Systems (LMS) in ETP-funded training projects. ETP allows use of electronic training documentation systems to track training. LMS is a type of training documentation management system which ETP may allow. Staff review and approve use of LMS during project development to (1) ensure the system is able to track and report training data in a manner consistent with ETP recordkeeping requirements, and (2) ensure that training data can be uploaded into ETP's on-line Class/Lab and CBT tracking systems. Every LMS is different, and systems can be complicated. Review of LMS is difficult and time consuming for staff and contractors. Thus, we are working to establish a consistent and efficient protocol for review and approval of LMS. We invite stakeholders to share any issues/concerns/suggestions about their experience using LMS via email to LMS Input.
New Delegation Order
The Panel adopted a New Delegation Order at its meeting on April 26, 2013. This action kicks-off a new procedure by which the full Panel will hear all proposals ≤ $100,000 including Small Business. Proposals at this funding amount will routinely be placed on the Consent Calendar, unless they raise policy-level issues (i.e., poor prior performance).
This action was recommended by ETP staff insofar as the current delegation procedure does not result in a steady workflow of proposals, as had been anticipated when it was adopted on June 24, 2011. The new Delegation Order is designed to be used only in the event a regularly-scheduled Panel meeting is cancelled. It will replace the two Orders currently in use, for proposals ≤ $50,000 (Small Business) and ≤ $100,000 (Standard-size Business). However, it will not take effect until June 1, 2013, allowing for one more full cycle of the current procedure.
Revised: Retrainee Job-Creation Guidelines
The Panel adopted a series of revisions to the Retrainee Job-Creation Guidelines at its meeting on April 26, 2013. These revisions are effective immediately. The principal revision extends eligibility to workers who move from a seasonal or part-time base into a full-time permanent position. The change in time base must occur within the "newly hired" benchmark period, which is: three months prior to Panel approval, or any point in the term of contract so long as there is time remaining for retention. The other revisions are largely clarifying in nature, as summarized on page one of the Guidelines.
Pilot Guidelines for Apprenticeship Training
- Apprenticeship Training will be funded under Economic Development, rather than Special Employment Training (SET). This revision is retroactive to the start of Fiscal Year 2012/13.
- Pre-apprentice and Journeyman training will be reimbursed at a blended rate of $22. This revision will begin at the start of Fiscal Year 2013/14.
A series of clarifying revisions was also made, as summarized in the history paragraph on page one of the Guidelines.
Funding Priorities for FY 2012-13
The Panel made a series of upward adjustments to the funding caps for FY 2012/13 at its meeting on October 19, 2012. These adjustments only apply to non-SET funding and are effective immediately. Contracts that were funded earlier this Fiscal Year may receive additional funding by amendment, up to the adjusted cap amount. The request for amendment will be evaluated based on performance. If it for $100,000 or less, it will be processed by Delegation Order. See Funding Cap Memo from the October 2012 Panel Meeting for details and the Funding Limitations webpage.
Retrainee-Job Creation for FY 2012-13
ETP is continuing to offer incentives for retraining newly-hired employees as part of a standard single-employer contract. Under a revised Retrainee-Job Creation program, employers will be reimbursed at the New Hire rate and held to the New Hire wage for employees hired within a three-month time period prior to Panel approval, and throughout the term of contract. There is no other retrainee eligibility requirement. This training is not subject to a Substantial Contribution. It may be included in a training program for incumbent workers, or stand alone. If Job Creation is included in a larger program the overall funding may extend beyond the single-employer cap for this Fiscal Year, as justified in the proposal. Furthermore, a Job Creation component may be added to an active contract by Amendment with increased funding, as approved by the Panel. Contact your monitoring analyst for further information on the Amendment process.
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