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Workforce Development


The world of work keeps changing. CAST can help you be ready.

6.7 million young people are disconnected from school and work. Only one in three adults with a disability is employed. CAST partners with education and training providers that are working to change this reality—agencies, schools and postsecondary institutions working with talented young people to help them build the skills and habits they need to access middle and high income careers. At the same time, CAST partners with employers and industry associations committed to building out the workforce of the future—one where skilled jobs are filled by people with a wide range of characteristics, backgrounds, and abilities, and where all employees have equal opportunities to rise.

Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one.

Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor 2013–2017

The pace of change keeps accelerating. New job opportunities are created every day, but the traditional modes of workforce development create a pipeline of talent that isn’t connected strongly enough to these opportunities. Too many people are underprepared to succeed in the workforce.

Untapped talent should be a major concern for employers trying to fill jobs. CAST can help leverage UDL to transform the design and practice of workforce development. We want to make sure that learning has no limits, cradle to grave—especially the learning and training that help people succeed in their jobs and careers. With the passing of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, state and local Career and Technical Education plans need to show progress for special populations of learners. CAST can work with you to build UDL into your plan to achieve this crucial goal.

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In support of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, CAST’s CEO, Linda Gerstle, issued a statement celebrating this historic bill that includes explicit mention of Universal Design for Learning.

Read the Statement

Based on 30 years of experience using research insights to lower the barriers to learning, CAST uses a co-design process to help employers, agencies, and colleges/universities ensure that all young people are prepared for work and can access meaningful higher education and employment. We are also committed to help industries and communities create environments where all people can and do learn, re-learn and adapt as work demands change and grow.

Contact Sam Johnston, Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development, to explore how CAST can help you with your workforce development needs.