WRTP/BIG STEP is dedicated to strengthening the manufacturing sector of the regional economy while expanding access to family-sustaining careers and developing a more diverse, qualified workforce. By starting with the industry’s most urgent workforce needs and challenges, WRTP/BIG STEP carries out effective recruitment and training opportunities to connect industry with diverse and skilled workers.

Certified Pre-Apprenticeship Program

WRTP/BIG STEP is recognized by the State of Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards as a Certified Pre-Apprenticeship Program. This certification recognizes our high quality, industry-led training programs that give participants the skills they need to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship.

Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship

IMT is an innovative new hybrid apprenticeship program that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction and creates a new pathway to family-sustaining careers in manufacturing. With a flexible curriculum based on specific employers’ needs, IMT workers for employers ranging from metal to food production.

IMT opens new doors for non-traditional apprentices and journey workers to enter high-paying career in manufacturing. Most of all, IMT helps keep industry innovative and competitive in today’s global market. Learn more here.

Direct Hiring

WRTP/BIG STEP partners with employers to host recruitment events for individuals to connect them directly to career opportunities. Follow our Facebook page to learn about upcoming recruitment events.

Industry Response

After having serious trouble recruiting machinists to meet their local contracts, HB Performance Systems approached WRTP/BIG STEP to help avoid outsourcing the work. We were able to design a recruitment and training program that met HB’s recruitment needs with over 100 individuals beginning manufacturing careers. They continue to train and hire WRTP/BIG STEP participants through custom entry-level manufacturing skills trainings to meet the company’s real-time workforce needs. “By working collaboratively with WRTP/BIG STEP, we were able to train individuals with the skills needed for the positions. This is a very valuable program.” – Lou Ann Koval, HB Performance Systems.

Union Response

Jeff Smith, President of United Steelworkers Local 3740, understands the importance of the IMT Apprenticeship in preparing the next generation of skilled workers to meet the challenges of the competitive global economy. He confirms that “IMT apprentices are gaining the skills and experience they need to excel in their positions and move into higher paying careers.”

If you are starting a career in manufacturing or are looking to upgrade your skills, WRTP/BIG STEP has opportunities for you to get the skills you need to advance in your career.