We believe learning should have no limits, whether in school or in the workplace. Our vision is for every learner to have engaging opportunities for career exploration and development and to access education and training environments designed with their needs in mind. We also want to equip workplaces with effective practices to see, recruit, and retain diverse talent so these well-prepared learners can shape the workforce of the future.
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What is workforce development?
Workforce development is the ongoing preparation and maintenance of a skilled, talented, and motivated workforce through a coordinated investment in individual skill development and capacity building in schools, organizations, and communities (Jacobs, 2003). Across CAST, a strong and engaged team advances our workforce development efforts.
Individual Skill Development
Investment in individual skill development is an essential ingredient for promoting workforce development. When individuals have multiple, authentic opportunities to grow skills, they can follow their interests, use their talents and ultimately thrive in the workplace.
Strengthening Capacity for Career Development
Schools, colleges, universities, and apprenticeship programs are training grounds that prepare individuals for future careers. Supporting and strengthening institutional awareness of the strengths within the variability of future workers and the anticipated needs in the workplace is a critical piece of equitable and effective workforce development.
Individual skill discovery and development takes place in an ecosystem that includes not only the individual and educational institutions but the community as well. Fostering and promoting those conditions that build skills and enable everyone to make meaningful contributions creates an environment in which workplaces can find and maintain a skilled, motivated, and talented workforce.
We're developing and researching a sustainable model for multigenerational making and learning that can support a STEM career trajectory.
Bringing our e-portfolio work into CTE programs so students can show what they know in new ways.
Learn how CAST is helping build stronger career pathways for New Hampshire students in outdoor recreation.
We're building a portable e-portfolio to help document young people's prior learning in competencies relevant to future apprenticeships.
Supporting community and technical colleges in developing and maintaining accessible materials and practices.
We're building a more inclusive talent pool for futuristic fields as robotics, biofabrication, and hybrid electronics.
Our STEMfolio tool leverages mobile technologies and competency-based progress monitoring to help youth develop STEM interests and skills.
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Jacobs, R. L., & Hawley, J. D. (2003, February). Workforce development: Definition and relationship with human resource development. In Academy of Human Resource Development Conference Proceedings (Vol. 10, pp. 1014-1020).