Note: this program is on hold for 3 months while we renew our contract with the Employment Training Panel
ETP = Free Training for California Companies
AcademyX is offering a new and exciting training opportunity funded by the State of California. With this program you can learn new skills in intermediate and advanced Microsoft Office topics, Adobe applications and advanced web technologies, for FREE. We receive compensation from the State of California for the training we provide, so we can offer it to you at no cost.
Who pays for the training?
The funding comes from the Employment Training Panel (ETP), a state agency that was established to reduce unemployment and improve the competitiveness of California businesses that face out-of-state and international competition. The California Employment Training Tax (ETT) provides the revenue for the program. The Panel has provided over one billion dollars towards partially-funded or free training since the tax was levied in 1983. Details can be found here.
The State wants its companies to grow and compete with those in other states, so that jobs remain in California. When employees improve their skills, their jobs become more secure and the wages for those jobs increase. Higher incomes also improve the state economy as the money is recycled into other local businesses.
If we're getting it for free, how good is the training?
Eligible students will sit in the same public enrollment classes that we advertise at full price, with the same courseware, computers, and instructors. Restrictions apply for onsite training (i.e. training at your company) where we may charge additional fees for course customization.
What courses are offered?
Under this program, students can take the vast majority of our courses (with the rare exception of a few of the most basic levels of MS Office classes, such as Word Intro). Click here to download the full list of eligible classes.
What is the catch?
This is a well-known government program from which other companies have benefited for over 20 years. We can provide you with references of other companies using the program if necessary, or you can find out more by searching online for "California ETP training." However, there are a few provisos:
How does it work?
Here are the steps involved in getting the free computer training:
During this process you are not committed to take the AcademyX classes until you attend your first day of training. At that time, you are required to complete at least 12 hours of training.
What are the requirements for the program?
How many employees can a company send for the free training?
There is no limit to the number of employees a company can send, since California employers pay the annual Employment Training Tax (ETT) for each employee. As long as all employees meet the eligibility requirements, they are entitled to our free computer training.
Does this training have to be held at AcademyX facility?
No. Training can be at AcademyX or we can provide group training at your company's site. Please note that on-site training may entail an additional cost to the employer (which is not covered by ETP).
How do I begin?
Contact us at 800-716-4324.