Raytheon Pledges to Expand Workforce Programs Amid Trump Initiative to Support Economy

Raytheon has announced that it will take part in a Trump administration initiative to invest in current and future talent in the manufacturing, engineering and technical fields to support the American economy.

As part of the effort, Raytheon will expand work-based learning, education, on-the-job training and re-skilling programs in the aerospace and defense sectors, the company said Friday.

Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas Kennedy, currently the chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association’s board of governors and a two-time Wash 100 awardee, signed the “Pledge to the American Worker” on Thursday during a ceremony at the White House.

Kennedy said that the company is creating initiatives to help employees obtain skills needed “to deliver the innovative technologies that America and its allies need.”

According to a July 17 op-ed by presidential advisor Ivanka Trump published in the Wall Street Journal, the program will “prioritize and expand workforce development so that we can create and fill American jobs with American workers.”

Some 2.4 million skilled technical and manufacturing workers are employed by AIA member companies, with salaries that are 81 percent higher than the national average.

The association aims to create around 202,000 enhanced career opportunities in five years.

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