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

“Milwaukee Bucks Retrain Jobless Workers to Build New Arena” – Association of Equipment Manufacturers

“The Bucks have also encouraged contractors on the project to launch their own workforce development initiatives for local residents, including a two-week “construction trades boot camp” sponsored by drywall, plastering and painting contractor Wall-tech.

Wall-tech president Pete Braun tapped the expertise of jobs services agency WRTP / BIG STEP to orchestrate the program with a dozen trainees from the Milwaukee community. Upon completion of their training, he hired all 12 to work as apprentices on the Bucks arena project.”

See the full article here.

College, Career, Fire and Police Safety, Skill Trades, Military Informational Session:

Come and learn about applying to college; meet representatives from the Military and participate in “hands-on activities” to learn about the Skilled Trades and the Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission careers opportunities. The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee will be hosting the information session on October 25 from 9 AM – 2 PM in the Student Union Ballroom, 1st Floor.

Students are asked to dress in casual clothes to participate in the Occupational Physical Assessment test facilitated by the National Guard.

Registration is open to the first 100 young men. Please RSVP to Ms. Ramona Sledge by email at rms2@uwm.edu by Monday, October 16, 2017.

Sponsored by UWM African American Male Initiative, UWM Admissions Department, Milwaukee Area Technical College Men of Color Initiative, MATC JOBshop, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Fire Police Commission, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP)-BIG STEP.

Download the Flyer Here

Job Openings/Recruitment in West Allis:

We would like to pass along a few job opportunities and recruitment opportunities for your consideration. Each one is linked below and has all applicant requirements listed in the posting:

Electrician with the City of West Allis

Police Department Recruitment with the City of West Allis

Administrative Support Assistant with the West Allis Assessor’s Office

Administrative Support Assistant with the West Allis Finance and BINS

Part-Time Cleaner with West Allis Police Department

Equipment Mechanic – Fleet Services

WRTP/BIG STEP Grad Enters Apprenticeship, Plans His Own Company

While working through the BIG STEP Apprenticeship Readiness Tutoring program, Brian learned about the Church Construction Coalition’s initiative to recruit Milwaukee residents for major construction projects, such as the Bucks arena.

“I was already in BIG STEP, so it was like a big plus for me,” he said.

To read his full story, click here.

CNC Machinists and Welders Wanted!

WRTP/BIG STEP is recruiting CNC Machinists and Welders with at least six months of on-the-job experience to fill positions at several area employers in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Mequon, and West Bend.

See flyer for details!

WRTP/BIG STEP Has a New Madison Address

Effective July 1, 2017, WRTP/BIG STEP’s office in Madison is located at the Labor Temple at 1602 S. Park Street, Madison, WI 53715.