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NM training program awards $600K to support new jobs

UbiQD, one of six companies that will receive state support for new trainees, makes red-light-emitting UbiGro film for installation in greenhouses as seen here.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Manufacturers that provide oil and gas products, solar windows, and specialty jewelry were among businesses just awarded a total of nearly $600,000 in job training assistance, Economic Development Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced.

The board of the Job Training Incentive Program voted to allot the money to a total of six companies to train 69 regular jobs and one intern in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Taos, Los Alamos and Santa Fe, according to a news release.

The average wage of all trainee positions approved is $27.26 per hour.

The state plans to invest a total of $598,661 in the following companies:

• Carenet Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, to support training 45 individuals

• Eagle Automation in Carlsbad, for 12 new trainees)

• Flow Science Inc. in Santa Fe for five trainees

• Splitter Designs in Taos, for two trainees

• The Verdes Foundation in Albuquerque for three trainees

• UBiQD in Los Alamos, to support two trainees plus one paid intern

The JTIP program reimburses 50-75% of employee wages for classroom and on-the-job training in new jobs for up to 6 months. The Legislature created it in 1972. Since then, JTIP has supported more than 1,600 training projects and the creation of nearly 47,000 jobs, according to the release/.

Eligibility for funding depends on the business, the role of the new jobs in that business, and the trainees themselves. JTIP eligibility guidelines can be found on the EDD website,

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