WRTP/BIG STEP Center of Excellence for the Skilled Trades & Industry

3841 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414) 342-9787

In 2005, founding director Eric Parker’s vision of a Center of Excellence became reality when WRTP/BIG STEP purchased the Drott Tractor building at 3841 W. Wisconsin Ave.

A Clearinghouse

The Center of Excellence for Skilled Trades & Industry is located at the heart of Milwaukee’s central- city on 38th and Wisconsin Ave. More than just a physical location, the Center of Excellence is a 30,000 square foot central clearinghouse for the assessment, preparation, and placement of job-ready candidates for careers in construction, manufacturing, and other emerging sectors.

Not only does the facility serve as a single location providing career pathways for job seekers, it also meets the needs of employers/unions looking to hire a diverse mix of qualified candidates, as well as those of community partners seeking to place their clients in family-supporting jobs.

Employer & Union Resource

The Center of Excellence for Skilled Trades & Industry is a critical resource for contractors and manufacturers to recruit from a diverse pool of qualified candidates, and played a key role in the achievement of equal employment opportunity objectives for federally funded and monitored projects of the Wisconsin Department of Development and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

The Center of Excellence for Skilled Trades & Industry offers a comprehensive menu of services to low-income, unemployed, and young community residents. Referrals come from WRTP/BIG STEP’s extensive network of workforce development agencies, educational institutions, and community partners.

WRTP/BIG STEP’s Center of Excellence for Skilled Trades & Industry’s program offerings increase the organization’s capacity to nurture relationships with community partners, area employers, unions, and the building trades -allowing the Center to function as a centralized service provider for the convenience and benefit of the participants.  The Center of Excellence for Skilled Trades & Industry provides the space for all the necessary partners and resources from the public, private and philanthropic sectors to effectively collaborate.