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New Mexico Tackles Tourism Workforce Shortage With Hospitality Training Reimbursement Program

Albuquerque News

The New Mexico Departments of Workforce Solutions and Tourism announces the launch of a 16-week training reimbursement program for the hospitality industry to assist them with training costs and increase their workforce to pre-pandemic levels.

“This project stems from our collaboration and conversations with employers across the hospitality industry,” said Ricky Serna, acting Secretary for the Department of Workforce Solutions. “In addition to financial support for employee training, we’re working in partnership with other agencies to help New Mexicans overcome barriers that make it difficult for them to return to work.”

“While we have many reasons to be optimistic about the return of visitation to the state, New Mexico cannot realize complete economic recovery without building back capacity within the tourism workforce,” Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said.

Funding is available to assist tourism-related businesses with their new hires or promotions of staff who need the training to be successful in their career path. Businesses must meet certain requirements to be eligible for funding, and positions must meet specific criteria to qualify. The program will cover up to 16 weeks with a range of total reimbursement per employee from $816-$4,480.

To find out more about the program and its requirements, hospitality industry employers can visit https://ready.nm.gov/businesses/hospitality-training-reimbursement-program.