Career Services

WRTP/BIG STEP offers a variety of career services, with special emphasis on apprenticeship readiness training and tutoring to help people prepare for the necessary apprenticeship qualifying tests in the skilled trades. We also offer certificate training classes in construction and manufacturing.

Getting Started
To learn all about how WRTP/BIG STEP can connect you to training and employment opportunities in construction, manufacturing, and other emerging sectors, attend one of our General Information Sessions. Or, if you know you’re interested in a career in the building trades, join us for one of our BIG STEP Orientation Sessions.

IMG_0004Tutoring Services
WRTP/BIG STEP’s dedicated team of tutors are here to help you reach your career goals. We offer individualized tutoring to improve your academic skills in preparation for apprenticeship exams and employer assessments.

Career Counseling
WRTP/BIG STEP is a national leader in developing strong, sustainable career pathways to family-sustaining jobs. Our career counselors work one-on-one with individuals to help guide them on the path that best suits them.

Career Exploration
There are dozens of skilled trades in the construction and manufacturing sectors, and the jobs that require these skills are in high demand with high wages. Our staff will help you explore current and future career opportunities in the skilled trades. Learn about the new Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship or explore the building trades.

Hands-On Learning
By working closely with leaders from management and labor, WRTP/BIG STEP provides industry-led training programs that specialize in hands-on learning. These programs train individuals on the skills employers demand from their workforce.

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Registered Apprenticeships offer opportunities to earn a salary while learning the skills necessary to succeed in high-demand careers. Not only does WRTP/BIG STEP work with industry leaders to create more of these opportunities, WRTP/BIG STEP helps individuals reach out and achieve them.

Recruitment Opportunities
With our accomplishments and our close ties to industry, employers often reach out to WRTP/BIG STEP to recruit our participants for employment because they recognize the quality of these individuals and the training they receive.

Community Certifications
To help provide greater employment and training opportunities for City of Milwaukee residents, WRTP/BIG STEP certifies eligible individuals as part of a variety of community programs.

Soft Skills Development
In addition to the job-specific training programs designed in partnership with industry leaders, WRTP/BIG STEP participants learn soft skills, including interview techniques, conflict management, team building, communication, and leadership.

IMG_0405Direct Placements
To provide the placement services of a socially responsible staffing and employment agency, WRTP/BIG STEP formed Triada, which connects businesses with qualified, job-ready candidates to meet their specific needs. Learn more about direct placements through Triada.

Youth Programs
Careers in construction and manufacturing provide youth with the opportunity to earn stable, family-supporting wages without a traditional four-year degree. WRTP/BIG STEP provides opportunities for youth to explore these career pathways and develop the skills and experience needed to succeed in high-demand jobs.

Referrals
WRTP/BIG STEP works within a tight network of community-based organizations to connect individuals to additional resources, including driver’s license recovery, GED programs, and others. Attend a resource information session to learn more.