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Employment Training Panel

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) is a business and labor-supported state agency that funds the costs of vocational training.  It primarily targets businesses threatened by out-of-state competition or who compete in the global economy.  ETP is primarily funded through a tax on employers, not the General Fund. To ensure that taxpayer dollars are maximized, the program is performance-based. Employers must provide proof that training hours have been completed, that trainees have been retrained in well-paying jobs, done for a specific period of time and at a specified wage, before ETP reimburses payment.

Since its inception in 1982, ETP has reimbursed employers well over $1 billion for training workers in more than 80,000 businesses. ETP also funds training for unemployed workers, and provides additional incentives to assist small businesses and employers in high unemployment areas of the State.

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