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Faraday Future Vidak

Senator Andy Vidak shakes hands with YT Jia, founder and global CEO of Faraday Future, at the company's Hanford facility.

HANFORD — College of Sequoias Training Resource Center will provide Essential Skills training to new Faraday Future employees at the COS Hanford Center facility.

Faraday which is ramping up and completing retrofit of its manufacturing facility in Hanford’s Industrial Park plans to hire hundreds of employees from the Central Valley and is working with COS to institute training programs to allow these new hires to hit the ground running.

Faraday is utilizing the funding from the California Employment Training Panel (ETP). A contract was awarded to the Training Resource Center last year to offer training cost reimbursement to employers in the Central Valley.

The Training Center has developed a number of programs like the one Faraday will be using that offer workforce development training that is customized to the needs and schedules of employers in Tulare and Kings counties, said Jorge Zegarra, Director at the Training Resource Center.

“Research has shown that training increases productivity, employee retention, improves skills, enhances efficiency and customer service. We are ready to supply that training. Our after training surveys reveal an average increase in learning of 48 percent, that’s a sizeable increase that will be leveraged into increased productivity and decreased expenses for these companies,” Zegarra said.

The ETP program is not a grant but a business and labor supported agency that assists employers by providing funds to off-set the costs of job skills training. It is entirely funded by the Employment Training Tax paid by California employers and collected alongside the Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax. If an organization is subject to this tax, then it is eligible to receive the training cost reimbursement.

“The availability of this reimbursement will allow employers to provide their employees with the necessary training to ensure their companies remain competitive. We are glad that Faraday Future is taking advantage of our contract and we have the opportunity to work with such a forward thinking company and train their new workforce,” said Zegarra. "If employers felt they couldn’t afford to invest in workforce training, we think they can now.” 

Last year, ETP awarded over $11 million in funds to 13 community colleges across the state. The funds are being used to train 13,693 employees in California companies.

"We have been impressed with the renewed focus by community colleges on workforce training and want to continue building on the partnership between our two systems," said Stewart Knox, Executive Director of ETP.

“Eligible employers can receive training at a considerably reduced rate, or at no cost, in a variety of job skill areas such as food safety, industrial automation, welding, OSHA, quality systems, continuous improvement, leadership skills, essential workplace skills and more,” said Laurel Garver, Training Resource Center Specialist

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