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U.S. Secretary of Labor visits Boeing to discuss company's support of workforce education

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) -- U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta visited Boeing South Carolina's North Charleston plant Friday. His visit came in support of President Donald Trump's Pledge to America's Workers. 

 Tim Keating, Boeing’s senior vice president of Government Operations, joined Acosta to sign the pledge committing to, "providing enhanced career opportunities for more than 100,000 current and future U.S. employees over the next five years," said a Boeing press release. 

Boeing plans to offer increased work-based learning, transforming its paid internship programs into apprenticeships.

Additionally, the company will offer continued education, training, and re-skilling. 

"This is a high tech facility. Advanced manufacturing requires skills and knowledge, and individuals that have had a career elsewhere can come and work at facilities like Boeing's with the right education," Secretary Acosta said. 

According to a Boeing press release, Boeing will:

  • Partner with Degreed.com to provide employees at all levels with access to online lessons, certification courses and degree programs. This partnership builds on existing learning and development resources, including the Boeing Leadership Center, rotational programs and Learning Together Program, which provides up to $25,000 per year for employees' college tuition, books and fees. Boeing has invested more than $1 billion in the Learning Together Program to date.
  • Invest in several major re-skilling programs to help employees enhance technical skills and understand industry trends, tools and technologies. Initial programs will focus on digital literacy, engineering and supply chain.

 


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