Our Mission

WRTP/BIG STEP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit workforce intermediary dedicated to connecting people to family-sustaining jobs.

Our mission is to enhance the ability of public and private sector organizations to recruit, develop, and retain a more diverse, qualified workforce in construction, manufacturing and emerging sectors of the regional economy.

By being industry led, worker centered, and community focused, WRTP/BIG STEP helps under-employed, under-served, and under-represented individuals succeed in well-paying careers while exceeding industry’s workforce needs.

The Latest

Seeking experienced and entry-level carpentry candidates

In partnership with Wall-Tech and the Carpenter’s Union, we are hosting two recruitment and information sessions, one for experienced candidates on May 1st and one for entry-level candidates on May 2nd. Please see flyers for details, and call (414) 342-9787 to register.

New WRTP/BIG STEP Office Open at MATC in Walker’s Square

We are proud to announce the start of the Milwaukee Skilled Trades Consortium, a partnership with the MATC Education Center at Walker’s Square. Join us for our open house on April 6th to celebrate this new partnership.

Certified Pre-Apprenticeship Program

WRTP/BIG STEP was recently recognized by the State of Wisconsin as a Certified Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Construction and Manufacturing!

WRTP/BIG STEP’s 2015 Annual Report is now available!

After numerous hours of teamwork, effort, and a lending hand, WRTP/BIG STEP’s annual report is now available. Click here to download and read!

BIG STEP History Booklet Now Available

Click here to read and download the digital version of our BIG STEP history booklet, “BIG STEP: The First 40 Years,” which traces the development of the BIG STEP program over the course of the past four decades.