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On-the-Job Training

Get Reimbursed for Training
On-the-Job Training is a great way to make a difference for your business because it helps reduce your training costs while providing your new employee with the necessary skill sets that you require for the job. If your business is planning to hire, it can take advantage of this federal program that reimburses employers for training new employees, or existing employees who are moving to a different position within your business but will need additional in-house training to do the job. 

Quick Facts about On-the-Job Training (OJT)

  • Participants are permanent employees

  • Participants are selected for hire by the employer

  • Participants must meet eligibility criteria 

  • Employers must be established legal entities and comply with the State of New Mexico Workers Compensation insurance requirements

  • OJT is a method of providing individualized occupational skills training

  • The OJT objective is to assist businesses to provide training in-demand occupations that meet the needs of the employer

  • The goal of the OJT program is to place participants in occupations that will enhance their prospects for long-term employment

  • OJT involves the acquisition of specific skills and employment competencies, through exposure in an actual work setting, to the processes, work tasks, tools, and methods of a specific job or group of jobs

  • Your company's financials are NOT REQUIRED OR REQUESTED to participate in this program

  • An on-the-job training contract must be completed prior to hiring

Is Your Business Eligible to Participate?

  1. Is your business a legal entity?

  2. Is your business registered with a state sales tax certificate, a state unemployment tax identification number, and a federal tax identification number?

  3. Is your business compliant with worker's insurance requirements?

  4. Is your business barred from entering into contracts that are funded with federal or state funds?


If you answered YES to questions 1 - 3, and NO to question 4, your business meets the initial eligibility requirements. If not, please contact the workforce center to learn more on how to meet the requirements.

Government organizations are also eligible to participate in the OJT program when the job position is not funded by federal dollars.

Different Reimbursement Levels

Depending on the employee size, your organization can be reimbursed up to 90% of the employee's wage for up to six months.

  • up to 90% reimbursement for employers with 1 to 50 employees

  • up to 75% reimbursement for employers with 51 to 250 employees

  • up to 50% reimbursement for employers with 251 or more employees

Your organization, as an employer, enters into an agreement to hire, train, and retain the employee upon successful completion of the training program. Through this program, businesses may be reimbursed for up to six months.

Employer Benefits

  • Monthly reimbursement of up to 90% of trainee's hourly wage 

  • Tailored training 

  • Employers save recruiting screening and training costs 

  • Length of training is negotiable 

  • OJT trainees are managed like regular employees 

  • Quick approval time 

What's My Next Step?

Start saving on your training costs today by contacting your nearest New Mexico Workforce Connection.

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