updated 3/31/2011 5:15:14 AM ET 2011-03-31T09:15:14

LOS ANGELES, March 30, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Employers Group, a non-profit human resources consulting firm, received its seventh consecutive training contract from California's Employment Training Panel (ETP). Employers Group has trained more than 10,000 employees from 325 businesses through the ETP program.

The contract will provide training to at least 450 employees at companies throughout California. Eligible employers can choose from a variety of skill-building training programs including topics in productivity improvement, manufacturing skills, business skills, computer skills and more.  All training is delivered on-site at the company's location.  Employers Group's program provides one-point access to state training funds:  Employers Group delivers the training and handles all state-mandated administration requirements.  

"On behalf of California employers and Employers Group member organizations, we have been very fortunate to be awarded these training funds given the current economic environment. This program and funding will serve to not only increase the skills of California workers, but will improve processes, productivity and profits for employers," said Jeffrey Hull, Learning Services Director with Employers Group.  "Companies wishing to see these results should take advantage of the funding while it lasts.  This funding contract is dramatically less than what was available in the past."  Hull advised. 

In related news to state-funded training, Employers Group announced they will be recognizing three companies who have achieved process improvement gains made within their respective organizations at the third annual Lean Institute Awards ceremony, April 13 in Orange County.  Many companies who have been part of Employers Group's "Lean Institute" had utilized a prior state contract where they received training in lean process improvement and 5S methodologies.

The award ceremony and a brief lean orientation program will be held on April 13 from 9:00 – 11:00a.m. at the Hotel Huntington Beach.  All manufacturing and service-related businesses are invited to learn how the Lean Institute can improve their organizations.  Awarded companies will showcase their process improvements.  There is a $25 registration fee to attend.  Additional information will be provided on how organizations can participate in the state-funded training program and lean competition for 2011.

For more information on state funded training (ETP) or the Lean Institute, contact Jeffrey Hull, Learning Services Director at Employers Group at 213.765.3941 or jhull@employersgroup.com. Interested parties may also visit www.employersgroup.com for more information.

About Employers Group

Employers Group, a California-based human resources expert and advocate, serves employers nationwide by delivering human resources solutions to its members. Originally founded in Los Angeles as the Merchant's and Manufacturers Association in 1896, the organization has moved from serving the interests of just California employers to helping companies across the globe mitigate risk, cut costs, and advocate for employer rights.  Employers Group provides a member helpline with day-to-day guidance about employment laws and regulations, professional development, consulting projects, and compensation and workplace trends surveys. It is the "voice" for businesses in both the judicial system the California Legislature and Congress, advocating for employers every step of the way; thus, thousands of employers have come to rely on Employers Group for "everything HR," freeing them to do what they do best to grow their businesses. For more information, visit www.EmployersGroup.com .

CONTACT:

Nicole Vierzba,

Employers Group

(213) 765-3913

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