Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta heaped praise on first daughter Ivanka Trump on Monday for her work in helping to develop a new administration program designed to boost apprenticeships.

"Her leadership on this issue has been invaluable," Acosta told reporters Monday after thanking her for her assistance.

The Labor secretary announced a new jobs training initiative on Monday aimed at steering more Americans who "learn better by doing" toward apprenticeships, and away from four-year higher education institutions. He said the White House would release details of this initiative on Wednesday, and indicated it would rely on private sector efforts to help expose more blue and white collar workers to apprenticeship programs.

Acosta, along with Ivanka Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the White House Office of American Innovation are spending the week focused on workforce development.