The report, titled, “Connected to Careers: Expanding Employer Leadership in Career Development,” offers an employer-led approach for helping students make the school-to-work transition. The approach, built upon lessons learned from private sector relationship management techniques, focuses on building employer capacity to engage with K-12 schools. Just as account managers in the private sector are responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction, the report recommends that businesses, as customers, find partners that can deliver quality career development services that meet workforce needs.

The U.S. Chamber is committed to ensuring that youth are connected to experiences like job shadowing, project-based learning, and internships that give them the skills they need to thrive in the workforce. To that end, in a keynote address to the Boy Scouts Association’s 2016 Top Hands Conference in New Orleans, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue talked about tackling the skills gap by engaging businesses and civic organizations through the Boy Scouts’ “Exploring” program, which helps young people discover careers and gain hands-on work experience.