DRIVE: California's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

Workforce Training

To meet the workforce needs of businesses adopting clean transportation fuels and technologies, the Energy Commission has allocated over $25M to support workforce training programs. This funding helps workforce development and training entities to expand their current programs, and develop new programs in alternative fuels and advance vehicle technologies for California’s advanced transportation sector.

Employment Training Panel (ETP)

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) is a business and labor supported state agency that assists employers in strengthening their competitive edge by providing funds to off-set the costs of job skills training necessary to maintain high-performance workplaces. Workforce training delivered under this agreement will meet the training needs of employers who have deployed or are deploying new fuels and vehicle technologies.

The Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program has partnered with ETP to fund training contracts to single employers, multiple employer partnerships, training agencies, trade associations, joint apprenticeship training councils, labor unions, and other eligible entities who need to train workers in alternative fuel and vehicle technologies. This performance-based training delivery system provides the ARFVT Program with measurable results in the number of businesses served and trainees trained.

Under the ARFVT Program, ETP is delivering workforce training to 124+ businesses, 14 municipalities, and 13,674+ * trainees through reimbursable fixed-fee performance contracts. Participating organizations bring match funding into their workforce training contracts and are only reimbursed for approved training based on the number of trainees who complete training and a 90-day post training employment/retention period.

For information on the program and application process, contact the Economic Development Unit at

*Funding includes agreements completed and projected for ETP designated funding through 2014/2015.

Employment Development Department: (EDD)

The EDD delivers training and employment services to the unemployed, under-employed and incumbent workers and helps employers find skilled workers. Under the ARFVT Program agreement, EDD will focus their services and expertise to meet the evolving workforce needs of the advanced transportation industry.

The EDD agreement assists the ARFVT Program in four areas: 1) Workforce Development and Training Delivery, to target non-college bound high school graduates and individuals with training and/or experience in traditional fuels and vehicle technologies. 2) Regional Industry Sector Plan Development, which brings together economic, education, and workforce development practitioners with industry to compose regional sector strategies to support and advance alternative fuels and vehicles. 3) Labor Market Information Research, to estimate regional and statewide employment, employer demand, and skill requirements for occupations related to alternative and renewable fuels and vehicle technologies. 4) New Entrant Career Path Development, to develop career paths for new industry entrants and to address white-collar workers’ training needs related to alternative fuel and vehicle technologies.

California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB)

The ARFVT Program has partnered with the CWIB, through our EDD agreement, to develop Regional Industry Clusters of Opportunity (RICO) grants related to alternative fuels and advanced transportation industry clusters throughout California. The RICO initiative is a structured economic and workforce development planning process that brings regional economic and workforce development practitioners and business together to develop regional strategies to support and advance the competitive position of targeted industry clusters.

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO)

The ARFVT Program agreement with The California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) delivers funding for curriculum and training material development, train-the-trainer instruction, and training equipment to meet the Program-related needs of California community colleges. Through a series of assessment reports, CCCCO itemized the training and instructional needs of the community colleges and the training and instructional resources existing within the community college system. The assessment reports outline current and future funding guidance for workforce training efforts and needs throughout the California Community College system.

Under the ARFVTP Program, the CCCCO has delivered training funds to 14 Automotive Programs, their participants, and increasing the number of automotive technicians that serve the growing clean fuels transportation market.

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