(Reuters) – San Francisco-based cloud software company Salesforce.com Inc on Thursday said that a White House initiative to provide for the training of new skills of AMERICAN workers.
The company, which makes Internet-based software that is used by the sales and marketing departments of companies, said that it would be for the online training for up to 500.000 employees for jobs that relate to the Salesforce software systems. The company did not say how much money the plan was to dedicate to the effort.
The White House, “the Promise of America’s workforce” is an initiative of last year, with more than 200 companies that participate in the program.
Salesforce said that Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff is scheduled to announce the news at an event with Ivanka Trump in Indiana, where Salesforce has nearly 2,000 employees.
Benioff, who last year bought the Time magazine, is known for his support for progressive policies. Last year, he broke with fellow technology billionaires to support a tax increase on large companies in San Francisco to raise money to address homelessness in the city. San Francisco voters approved the tax.
Salesforce faced criticism from a Texas immigrant rights group last year as the software of the U. S. Customs and Border Patrol. Benioff publicly responded that the company’s philanthropic arm, donated more than $1 million to groups helping immigrant families in the U.S.-mexican border.
Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Shreejay Sinha