Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, will meet with General Motors CEO Mary Barra at the automaker’s Global Technical Center campus in Warren, Michigan this week to discuss workforce training and other topics related to job development.
According to The Detroit Free Press, Barra will lead Ivanka Trump on a two-hour tour of the Global Technical Center and will show the advisor to the president how the automaker is helping its hourly skilled trades workers and salaried manufacturing engineers develop new skillsets and continue their academic journey while working for the company.
“The president built the strongest economy in our lifetime and he will do it again,” Ivanka Trump said in a prepared statement announcing the visit. “Prioritizing the American worker and their family is the top priority, and I’m proud to visit General Motors’ Technical Learning University, where workers are learning on-the-job while earning a paycheck.”
“Detroit, GM and the talented GM workforce are ensuring the great American comeback is underway and I’m looking forward to seeing firsthand.”
GM signed on to the Trump Administration’s “Pledge to America’s Workers” initiative last year and promised to provide 46,000 new training opportunities for its existing workforce. The automaker is a partner in the White House’s “Find Something New” campaign, as well, which encourages workers who are unhappy in their current role to go out, re-educate themselves and find a new position that fits them.
Earlier this year, Vice President Mike Pence toured GM’s ventilator manufacturing facility in Kokomo, Indiana as the automaker worked to fulfill its federal contract for the machines. The Trump Administration’s Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette, also visited the Warren tech campus in July of this year, with the company showed off its electric vehicle battery manufacturing facilities, domestic supply chain development, electric vehicle infrastructure and EV design facilities, among more. Barra herself has visited the white White House on a number of occasions during the president’s current tenure as well.