Pre-Employment Training Program (PETP)
The Pre-Employment Training Program (PETP) was developed by the New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) to assist New Mexico's economy by providing reimbursement funds to contractors facilitating short-term intensive workshops and lectures that primarily relate to below-the-line film and television job positions. The program objective is to increase the hirability of New Mexicans for continual employment in the film and television industry.
Workshop and lectures must relate to industry needs as determined by the NMFO. Local film unions and guilds may be consulted regarding workshops that relate to film and television job positions that are most often under their jurisdiction. Workshops that focus on specific technical skills for below-the-line job positions are preferred. For example, a introductory workshop or lecture will most likely not be approved; however, training activities focused on a specific skills utilized by a job position within a department will be considered. (i.e., an introduction workshop for sound may not be approved; however a workshop where participants utilize the boom will be considered.)
- Crew professionals and specialized industry vendors are preferred as contractors and instructors.
- Industry vendors may apply as a contractor. If they represent a certain brand of equipment or product name, the information taught during the training must apply to the job position regardless of that brand or product and may not be limited to the brand or product. Applications will not be approved nor will contractors be reimbursed for directly advertising or marketing a product or brand. Information and/or skills taught in the PETP workshops and lectures must have a broad application regarding the craft and job position of focus. The program objective is to increase the hirability of New Mexicans in the film and television industry. Contractors must be able to demonstrate their contribution to that end.
- Educational institutions, educational organizations, guilds and unions are not eligible contractors for PETP workshops; however, individual members may be eligible.
- A training company specializing in a craft can apply as a contractor; however, may only be approved for lectures and/or demonstrations. Applications will not be approved or a contractor may not be reimbursed if the purpose of the lecture is to market or register attendees for their “school”. In addition, contractors may also be required to inform the attendees of other local training opportunities.
Workshop instructors are preferred as contractors and they must have direct experience relating to the workshop subject as determined by the NMFO.
1. Head instructors must meet one (1) of the following criteria:
- Currently or formerly worked for or owned a film/television/multimedia business or educational entity for five (5) years;
- Currently work in the film/television industry for at least five (5) years and have ten (10) or more feature film and/or television credits.
- Have been teaching in the industry for over (5) years.
- Exceptions may be considered by the NMFO for those in specialty areas and where the training still meets the objective of the program. In addition, the NMFO determined the exception in writing before training is conducted.
2. Subcontracted assistant instructors must meet one (1) of the following criteria:
- Currently or formerly worked for or owned a film/television/multimedia business or educational entity for two (2) years; or
- Currently work in the film/television industry for at least two (2) years and have five (5) or more feature film and/or television credits; or
- Have been teaching in the industry for over (2) years.
- Exceptions may be considered by the NMFO for those in specialty areas and where the training still meets the objective of the program. And, the NMFO determined the exception in writing before training is conducted.
Some workshops may require additional pre-requisites, however all attendees must be NM residents. In addition, the attendee either 1) is a film industry union or guild member; 2) has experience from commercials, shorts, documentaries, features, Indies or television; 3) is a college student in a film or television program 4) holds a degree in a film craft related to training activities; 5) is an employee or the owner of a film–related company; or 6) is experienced in a trade that relates to the workshop/lecture and aspires to translate that skill to the film and television industry. However, periodically, lectures may be offered for those with no industry experience.
All attendees must be 18 years of age or older to participate in “hands-on” workshops. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian for lectures and demonstrations.