It was the first visit by a Trump administration official to a UPS facility. The shipping giant, one of the world’s largest employers with 454,000 employees, says it has invested $967 million in employee training programs.
The company last year signed a pledge in support of President Trump’s workforce development initiative, committing to offer opportunities for career advancement to more than 50,000 employees.
Early Wednesday morning, Ivanka Trump and Kemp toured a classroom and a learning lab where models of UPS trucks are staged for practice loading and unloading packages, and where workers practice techniques for walking on icy sidewalks without falling.
“We for the first time have the largest number of people in the history of this country who are employed. But there are still people who are on the sidelines,” Trump said in remarks after the tour. “We’ll take these learnings back to Washington and make sure they’re integrated into our best practices as we move forward.”
She said there are efforts to create a nationwide schema of available jobs and the skills needed to do them that would be searchable online.