DETROIT -- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg toured a General Motors plant with CEO Mary Barra during a Detroit visit Thursday to discuss a new initiative for digital marketing training in the city.
Sandberg met with Barra at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, where the Chevrolet Impala and Volt, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac CT6 are assembled. The visit comes six weeks after Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg toured Ford Motor Co.'s Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn.
In an on-site interview, Sandberg said technology is creating employment challenges around the world that Facebook feels responsible to help remedy.
Earlier in the day, Sandberg said Facebook would fund the training of 3,000 Michigan workers for jobs in digital marketing over the next two years.
"By 2024 there are going to be over a million computing related jobs unfilled in the country," Sandberg told Barra. "We know that in places like Detroit and across the country we have unbelievble talent, we just need to get them the right training."
The training aims to fill a vacuum of computer coding jobs and to develop talent in an area where Sandberg said expansion is key.
"Auto is a very important industry for us," Sandberg said in an interview with Crain's Detroit Business, an affiliate of Automotive News. "This is a growing part of our business and we're hoping we can expand here because our business will demand it."
Ten-week courses in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich., will be conducted at Grand Circus Detroit, a computer coding training firm that's part of Dan Gilbert's family of companies.