6 News & Views Magazine EDITION 1, 2017 E & J Gallo, Trinchero, and Clos Du Val wineries have a lot in common— besides the obvious—in that they are all participating in a little-known state program that reimburses their wineries for employee training. Over the past seven years, E & J Gallo has been approved for over $5 million in training dollars, Trinchero Family Estates has been approved for approximately $700,000 over a 2-year period and Clos Du Val, $30,000 this year for their training programs. California employers who pay Unemployment Insurance Tax for each of their employees may be eligible to receive funds to train their employees. That is because a portion of the insurance funds the state’s Employment Training Panel (ETP), an agency set up to reimburse the costs for employer- customized job skills training. ETP is the state’s premier program supporting job creation and retention through workforce training. This fiscal year the ETP will provide up to $95 million in job training funds. Since its creation in 1982, the panel has reimbursed employers over $1.4 billion in training costs and aided over 80,000 California businesses for the costs of training existing workers, funded training for unemployed workers to re-enter the work- force, helping ensure California businesses have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive. ETP has identified manu- facturing, food processing and the wine industry among others as priority industries, which means training will be reimbursed at the highest rates. “The ETP is a funding agency, not a training agency,”says Renee Pierce of the ETP. “Businesses determine their own training needs and how to provide training. An employer contributes to the cost of training by paying trainee wages during training. ETP staff is available to assist in applying for funds and other aspects of participation. Any interested business should contact our Economic Development office first,”she added. Applying for funds is not complicated. A company must register with ETP, view an orientation on the program and process, and submit a preliminary application for funding – all from the ETP website. A small business may contract directly with ETP or participate with other employers in a contract held by another entity such as the California Manufacturing and Technology Association (CMTA). ETP has identified manufacturing, food processing and the wine industry among others as priority industries, which means training will be reimbursed at the highest rates. By BARRY WORTHINGTON - Economic Development Analyst California Employment Training Panel California Program Partners with Wineries and Food