Employment training panel update

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 9, 2014

Stewart Knox has been appointed by Governor Brown as the Executive Director of the Employment Training Panel (ETP). Prior to his appointment, Mr. Knox served as the Director of the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency. Since 1997, he also headed various workforce development and training programs. His official start date is October 27, 2014. The Governor’s announcement can be found here (http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18745).

ETP is a state agency that annually provides up to $90 million in job training funds to California employers for eligible training such as manufacturing, computer and business skills. Training funds are collected from employers like you through a percentage of the unemployment insurance tax. Training programs can be delivered in a classroom or on a computer-based platform. Your company could receive reimbursement up to $26 per hour of eligible training received by your trainees.

At last month’s ETP meeting, panel members decided that ETP funds for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year would be allocated to companies that have already submitted a pre-application form. No additional pre-applications will be accepted for this fiscal year given the high demand. However, the pre-application process will reopen in April 2015 for the 2015-16 FY to fund projects beginning in June 2015. It is critical that you submit a pre-application during this period if you want your project funded.

CMTA plans to apply for a multiple employer contract grant in January 2015. This grant will allow for smaller amounts of funding (less than $40k) to be allotted to eligible member company projects. For more information on ETP and how to apply, please contact CMTA’s Rob Sanger at rsanger@cmta.netor 916-498-3334 for details.

For general information on the Employment Training Panel, click here: (http://www.etp.ca.gov/). 

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