SACRAMENTO – The California Employment Training Panel executive director Stewart Knox today issued the following statement in honor of chairperson Barry Broad’s tenure with the panel. Broad has served on the Employment Training Panel since 2002 and was appointed chairperson by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2011. Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Broad to the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board on May 30:
“Barry has been an exceptional leader on the Employment Training Panel, especially in regard to his focus on providing high-wage career pathways to California’s workforce. Through 17 years, he has led the panel in approving more than $1.4 billion in training funds to help California businesses train nearly 1.4 million employees across 5,936 contracts. With an even hand, he has worked closely with labor unions, employers, and training agencies to ensure workers are trained for good-paying jobs and businesses can grow.
“With his extensive government relations and administrative law background, Barry has been able to offer insight in guiding the panel to attract and retain businesses that contribute to California’s economy. Through his term, Barry and the panel have developed key initiatives that support job creation and retention, climate policy, apprenticeship training, nurse training, veterans training, and training for individuals with disabilities.
“The Employment Training Panel has improved its services on his watch and appreciates his 17 years of leadership. The Employment Training Panel wishes Barry continued success in his new role as Agricultural Labor Relations Board member.”
The Employment Training Panel is the state’s premier program supporting job creation and retention through training. The panel reimburses employers for the costs of training existing workers, funds training for unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce and helps to ensure California businesses have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive.
For more information about the program, please visit www.etp.ca.gov, or call (916) 327-5578.