Job Training Incentive Program

Job Training Incentive Program

New Mexico has one of the most generous training incentive programs in the country. The Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) funds classroom and on-the-job training for newly-created jobs in expanding or relocating businesses for up to six months.

The program reimburses 50-75 percent of employee wages. Custom training at a New Mexico public educational institution may also be covered.

The New Mexico State Legislature created JTIP, formerly known as the Industrial Development Training Program, or “in plant training,” in 1972. Since then, JTIP has supported the creation of more than 43,000 jobs for New Mexicans in nearly 1,300 businesses across the state.

Who Qualifies

Eligibility for JTIP funds depends on the company’s business, the role of the newly-created jobs in that business, and the trainees themselves. Please read through the eligibility guidelines (see Policy and Procedures below) and then fill out the Eligibility Questionnaire to begin the JTIP application process. A member of JTIP staff will contact you to determine your company’s eligibility and discuss the program in detail.

Company Eligibility

Three categories of business are eligible for consideration:

  • Companies that manufacture or produce a product in New Mexico
  • Non-retail service companies that export a substantial percentage of services out of state. (50 percent or more of revenues and/or customer base). Customer support centers and product testing laboratories are two examples of businesses that have qualified in this category
  • Certain green industries

The company must be financially sound and must be creating new jobs as a result of expansion or relocation to the state of New Mexico.

Businesses in certain industries are not eligible. Some examples are agriculture, construction, extractive industries, gambling, health care and retail.

Job Eligibility

Jobs eligible for funding through JTIP must be:

  • Full time (minimum of 32 hours per week)
  • Year-round
  • Directly related to the creation of the product or delivery of the service. (One in 5 positions applied for may be outside product/service creation). Typical examples include marketing, sales and general administration
  • Manufacturing examples: production worker, electronic equipment assembler, first line supervisor, industrial engineering technician, R&D scientists and engineers
  • Service examples: customer service representative, environmental engineering technician, executive recruiter
  • Trainees must be guaranteed full-time employment upon successful completion of the training program
  • Intern positions are eligible

 Trainee Eligibility

To be eligible for funding under JTIP, trainees must:

  • Be new hires to the company
  • Have been residents of the state of New Mexico for at least one year at any time prior to employment
  • Not have left high school in the three months prior to employment, unless they have graduated or completed a GED

Reimbursable Training Costs

JTIP funds three types of training:

  • Custom classroom training at a public educational institution
  • Structured on-the-job training (OJT)
  • A combination of classroom training and OJT

The following are eligible for reimbursement

  • A portion of trainee wages (50-75 percent) for up to six months
    • Jobs with entry wages that align with the High Wage Job Tax Credit are eligible for an additional 5% reimbursement
    • Companies that utilize the WorkKeys® assessment tools as part of their hiring process are eligible for an additional 5% reimbursement
  • Cost of custom classroom training at public educational institution
  • A portion of travel expenses related to training

Expenses are reimbursed after training is completed.