Employment Training Panel Approves More Than $13.4 Million In Job Training Funds for Nearly 12,000 Workers


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 Applied Materials, Inc. Receives Contract to Train More Than 400 Employees in Green Technology


The State of California’s Employment Training Panel awarded 28 contracts worth $13,467,170 million to train 11,659 workers. One of the contracts approved by the Panel includes $749,952 in renewable fuel and vehicle technology job training funds for Applied Materials to train 434 workers in the green technology sector.

"These funds will help train workers in clean technologies that can help meet the state’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets," said Stewart Knox, the Employment Training Panel’s Executive Director.

The Applied Materials contract will be funded by the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, administered by the California Energy Commission. The Energy Commission partners with the Employment Training Panel to fund job training programs that support the transition from petroleum-based transportation to alternative and renewable fuels and clean, low carbon vehicle technologies.

"Transitioning the transportation sector to cleaner, low carbon fuels and near-zero and zero emission vehicles is critical to meeting California's ambitious climate goals and our federal clean air standards," said California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. "The Energy Commission is pleased to support employee training that will contribute to ensuring California has the highly skilled, well trained workforce needed to drive that transition."

Applied Materials, founded and headquartered in Santa Clara, builds nano manufacturing equipment, machines and tools for global semiconductor, flat panel display and clean energy manufacturing industries. The training provided by the contract will focus on Lithium-ion battery manufacturing architecture, systems engineering, software design and support systems, and product quality and reliability.

"Applied Materials is committed to retaining a loyal, stable workforce in Silicon Valley by building on the skills employees already have. The AB118 resources provided through the ETP agency will accelerate employee training programs needed for leadership in the clean technology industry," said Ajey Joshi, PhD, Applied Materials.

In 2015, Governor Brown issued an executive order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, a goal which is now codified by historic legislation the Governor signed in September that sets the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in North America.

The Employment Training Panel is the state’s premier program supporting job creation and retention through training. The panel reimburses employers for the costs of training existing workers, funds training for unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce and helps to ensure California businesses have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive.

For more information about the program, please visit www.etp.ca.gov, or call 916-327-5276.

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