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

Harley Davidson Ongoing Recruitment!

Download the flyer here.

We Energies, United Steelworkers Local 2006, and WRTP/BIG STEP will be hosting a recruitment on December 7!

Download the flyer here.

WRTP/BIG STEP Named Excellence in Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning Award Winner by Jobs For the Future

WRTP/BIG STEP welcomes delegation from Bucheon, South Korea

Wednesday, October 25th, we welcomed a delegation from Bucheon, South Korea, who was here to learn about our innovative sector based model and labor/management participation in an effort to use these same techniques in their own communities. We’re proud to be a leader in workforce development and are always looking for new approaches to adapt to our model and to share what we have learned with other programs around the country, and the world. Delegates ranged from the Secretary-General of the organization to the Head of Promotion, and in organizations from the Employment and Economy Division to the Labor Counselling Center of Federation of Korea Trade Unions.

WRTP/BIG STEP welcomes Eric Seleznow of Jobs For the Future for Keynote Speech

On October 18, WRTP/BIG STEP (with the generous support of Bader Philanthropies and Employ Milwaukee) invited Eric Seleznow, senior fellow at Jobs For the Future, to come speak to industry leaders in Milwaukee. Eric spoke on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and his experiences doing workforce development around the Washington D.C. area. His knowledge was invaluable to those who attended.

Gilbane Building Company Celebrates Grand Opening of Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons in Milwaukee

“The Tower and Commons construction began in 2014, and local community impact was a high priority for the team from day one. Early on, Gilbane worked closely with the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP/BIG STEP), Milwaukee’s Office of Small Business Development (OSBD), the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades, local affinity groups including the ethnic chambers of commerce, and other key stakeholders who support and engage local and small construction firms and related services.”

Read the full article here.

“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.

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

Carpenter with Public Works Department

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.