At WRTP/BIG STEP, collaboration is a way of life. Developing strong community partnerships around workforce development enhances our capacity to build a pipeline of skilled, qualified, and diverse candidates for apprenticeships and careers in the construction and industrial sectors throughout our regional economy.
In Southeast Wisconsin, South Central Wisconsin, and Minnesota, we have developed robust networks of community partners to connect under-employed and under-served communities to career pathways and family-sustaining jobs.
The Community Workforce Partnership (CWP) model that we have developed in Milwaukee illustrates our commitment to building innovative workforce development strategies that can be replicated in other communities around the nation. The CWP meets regularly to align programs and services, enhance our inter-agency referral process, and coordinate outreach and networking activities to strengthen recruitment efforts. Learn more about the CWP here.
Our industry and community partnerships enable us to plan and facilitate a variety of community engagement events to inform members of the community about training and employment opportunities available in the construction and industrial sectors. From career exploration events for high school students, to recruitment events for dire hire opportunities, WRTP/BIG STEP’s strong presence in the community helps connect industry with a more diverse, qualified workforce.