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Take advantage of financial incentives that offset costs for new staff training and acquisition.

Employers may be eligible for 50% reimbursement.

Discover how Apprenticeship or Internship Programs save your business money.

Is funding available?

Yes! Below are requirements that may be relevant.

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Company Requirements

Company stability and growth potential

Account in good standing with Unemployment Insurance Program

Worker’s compensation policy in force

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Program Requirements

Meet with a Business Consultant regarding program eligibility

Complete a pre-award survey

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What is On-The-Job Training?

The OJT Program is a federally funded initiative that provides financial incentives to employers for training new hires and upgrading the skills of existing employees.

Funding is provided to employers as a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which is run by the US Department of Labor.

The program is administered by the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico (WCCNM) Board, available through all New Mexico Workforce Connection centers. (www.wccnm.org)

What financial incentives are available for new hires under the OJT Program? Employers can receive a subsidy reimbursing them for 50 % of the trainee’s hourly rate for up to 1040 hours.

How can I learn more or start the process of participating in these programs? Use our Business Services Connector at www.wccnm.org and create an account. A Business Consultant will get back to you within 2 business days!

Or, you can call WIOA Program Manager Patricia Georges at 505-588-1996 or email her at pgeorges@wccnm.org for more information.

What are apprenticeship programs?

As defined by the Department of Labor, apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.


All registered apprenticeship programs contain the following elements:

  • Paid job – apprentices are paid employees who earn as they learn, with a guaranteed wage increase as they develop new skills
  • On-the-job learning – apprentices receive structured on-the-job training to help them develop and practice the skills they’ll need for their career
  • Classroom learning – apprentices complete related academic coursework alongside their on-the-job training and gain academic credit towards a degree or certificate
  • Mentorship – apprentices work alongside an experienced mentor, who will assist them in developing the skills they need to succeed in their career
  • Credentials – upon completion of an apprenticeship program, apprentices earn a portable, nationally-recognized credential that shows employers they are qualified in their industry

Apprenticeship Facts

Did you know that…
  • There are currently over 1800 active apprentices in New Mexico
  • 94% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship program retain employment, with a national average annual salary of $70,000
  • Apprentices who complete their program earn approximately $300,000 more during their career than non-apprenticeship workers
Read on to learn more about the opportunities that registered apprenticeship offers to both career seekers and employers in New Mexico.



Registered apprenticeships are an employer-driven model that combines paid, on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction, producing workers who are ready to succeed in their field.

Apprenticeships allow employers to develop a pipeline of workers who possess the exact skills that they require and produces workers who are trained to company standards and ready to meet employers’ needs. Additionally, the mentorship component of apprenticeship programs ensures that company experts pass along their knowledge to new workers.

The Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico may be able to help fund part of the cost of apprenticeship programs, including:

  • Training and education costs for classroom instruction
  • On-the-job training expenses
  • Supportive services to help apprentices before they begin earning wages

Learn more about registered apprenticeship – connect with us!

Are you interested in learning more about how to launch an apprenticeship program? Our apprenticeship coordinators can help you explore apprenticeship program options and provide resources to help you design and build your own program:

  • Explore apprenticeship program options and find the model that best meets your unique needs
  • Connect with apprenticeship experts in Albuquerque who can provide you with services to support your program and guide you every step of the way:

Reach out to our Apprenticeship Program Managers to get started:

Lixmara Reyes at 505-558-1901 or lreyes@wccnm.org.

Lorian Long at 505-588-1716 or llong@wccnm.org.

Our no-cost services include assisting you to…

Organize hiring events

Write job descriptions

Post job vacancies

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Conduct applicant searches, pre-employment screenings,  and skills assessments with instant results


Hire a Veteran

Provide youth work experience (16-24)

Additional Business Services Include:

Conducting interviews and onsite screenings at any of our New Mexico Workforce Connection Centers

Assisting you with labor market data research & analysis in relation to job postings

Identifying relevant tax credits

Networking you and your company with other employers