Speaking at Wichita State University in Kansas, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo emphasized the importance of job training in the United States and around the world.

“Anyone who has ever run a business knows you can’t get far if your team doesn’t have the right skills and the workforce is not prepared for the job,” said Pompeo at a workforce development roundtable.

Photo of Pompeo at lectern next to quote on women in the workforce (State Dept./Photo © Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
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White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump joined Pompeo for the roundtable meeting and conversations with students. Ms. Trump’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative helps women around the world “build strong and stable nations,” Pompeo said.

The secretary of state also congratulated and thanked the business leaders present for signing on to the administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers. “We are equipping workers, great hardworking Americans … for good American jobs,” Pompeo said. By doing so, he said, “we’ll be able to sustain the prosperity that funds a strong military and diplomatic corps.”

Wichita is a center for aerospace and aviation, and Pompeo emphasized the importance of these industries to the United States. He said that training people in technical fields related to aviation “will pay amazing dividends in America’s strength and security around the world.”