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 6 months. The program reimburses 50-75% of employee wages. Custom training at a New Mexico public educational institution may also be reimbursed.
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 1,600 training projects and the creation of nearly 47,000 jobs.
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.
Businesses eligible for consideration include:
- 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% or more of revenues and/or customer base). Software development companies, customer support centers and product testing laboratories are three 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.
Jobs eligible for funding through JTIP must be:
- Full time (minimum of 32 hours per week)
- Directly related to the creation of the product or delivery of the service. (1 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, web developer, software developer
- Intern positions may be eligible
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 1 year at any time prior to employment. Trainees that do not meet the one-year residency requirement may be eligible if hired into high-wage jobs.
- Not have left high school in the 3 months prior to employment, unless they have graduated or completed a HSE (High School Equivalency)
Reimbursable Training Costs
JTIP funds 3 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% depending on location) for up to 6 months
- Jobs with entry wages that align with the High Wage Job Tax Credit are eligible for an additional 5% reimbursement
- Companies that hire trainees who have graduated within the past twelve months from a NM institution of higher education or who are U.S. Veterans may be eligible for an additional 5% reimbursement above the standard rates.
- Cost of custom classroom training at a public educational institution
Expenses are reimbursed after training is completed.
For more information on JTIP, contact the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
Patrick Gannon, JTIP Program Manager
Summary of Policy Amendments for FY21
FY21 Policy/Procedures Manual JTIP Board Members