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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 44,000 jobs for New Mexicans in nearly 1,400 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

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). Customer support centers and product testing laboratories are 2 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. (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, 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 1 year at any time prior to employment
  • Not have left high school in the 3 months prior to employment, unless they have graduated or completed a GED

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 utilize the WorkKeys® assessment tools as part of their hiring process, 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 Marketing Coordinator
(505) 827-2162

Sara Gutiérrez, JTIP Program Manager
(505) 827-0249

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FY17 Policy and Procedures Manual                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Download a Summary of Policy Amendments for FY17                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JTIP Board Members

In its ongoing effort to ensure JTIP’s effectiveness in the creation of new jobs for New Mexicans in expanding businesses, the JTIP board is initiating its annual policy amendment process wherein existing policy is reviewed and amendments are considered. Economic Developers and other partners, as well as JTIP companies, and the public, are asked to contribute their ideas about how policy might be amended to better serve our New Mexico companies. Proposed policy amendments will be presented and discussed at the public policy hearing in May where further public comment will be invited. The date and location of the public hearing will be posted in the next few weeks.

The proposed policy amendments will be posted on the NM EDD website and published in the April 11 issue of the New Mexico Register for 30 days. Additional public feedback will be requested at that time. The board will decide on which items they will take action at the annual board retreat following the public hearing. They will adopt the changes at the June board meeting to become effective for FY18 on July 1, 2017.

Please email your proposed policy amendments to Sara Gutiérrez ( by March 3, 2017. Click on the link below to get a current policy manual for your reference.