Our success would not be possible without the support  of our many investors.

WRTP | BIG STEP is a national leader in developing sector-based, creative workforce solutions by bringing together both resources and partners in an effort to help member companies. Our success would not be possible without the support of our many investors — public, private, and philanthropic. We thank you for your continued support of our mission. WRTP | BIG STEP’s generous investors include:

Make a tax deductible contribution to WRTP | BIG STEP and invest in our future workforce. WRTP | BIG STEP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with national recognition for its efforts to create a more diverse, qualified workforce while meeting industry’s need for skilled labor. Your investment in our efforts are greatly appreciated! $10 provides an hour of tutoring in math or reading that will enable someone to enter an apprenticeship and earn family-supporting wages in a great career path. $50 helps us provide the textbooks needed to train workers in the latest skill sets required for our construction and manufacturing industries to stay competitive.

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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.

WRTP was initially created to renew our traditional industrial base in the Milwaukee area during the 1990s. The recovery of manufacturing, retirement of an aging workforce, and diversification of the regional economy created a growing skills shortage by the end of the decade. In response to this threat to economic growth and prosperity, we created our successful model of pre-employment training for job seekers to qualify for family-sustaining jobs in the industrial sector.

Supported by public, private, and philanthropic investments, WRTP | BIG STEP’s mission is to assist economically disadvantaged minorities, women, and youth (primarily from the central-city) develop the skills needed to participate meaningfully in the workforce and share in the area economy while ensuring that member companies have the skilled workers needed to prosper and grow in a competitive global economy.

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