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WRTP | BIG STEP’s mission is to enhance the ability of industry to recruit and develop a diverse, qualified workforce in the construction, manufacturing, and emerging sectors of the regional economy. We are a workforce development intermediary with an innovative, nationally recognized model that is industry-led, worker-centered, and community-focused.

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Traditional job training programs focus only on the supply of labor available to industry, ignoring the time-sensitive and specific nature of workforce needs. WRTP | BIG STEP’s strategies and training programs are driven, developed, and conducted based on employer and industry demand. Our model is built on strong, collaborative relationships with industry partners, specifically quality employers that provide family-supporting wages and strong benefits.

Recruiting and assessing job-ready candidates from a wide range of community-based referral programs.

Preparing qualified candidates for recruitment and advancement opportunities

Offering nationally-renowned employment readiness training opportunities designed by industry

    Providing placement and retention services that link career- and apprenticeship-ready candidates to the trades and other opportunities

WRTP | BIG STEP launched the Center of Excellence for Skilled Trades & Industry in 2006 to develop programs for major projects in the region and to address the skills shortage in the industrial sector. WRTP | BIG STEP’s strategies effectively increase minority (60%) and female (14%) representation in the skilled trades. More than just a physical location, the Center of Excellence serves as a 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 set of qualified candidates as well as any community partners seeking to place their clients in family-supporting jobs. The Center of Excellence for the Skilled Trades is located at 3841 W Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee, WI.

WRTP | BIG STEP formed Triada to provide socially responsible staffing services to businesses seeking fully trained skilled employees as well as entry-level candidates. Triada conducts needs assessments then carefully screens and tests candidates to confirm their skill level. It also improves the quality of employment by providing benefits to employees who haven’t had them in the past. In addition, Triada connects employers to retirees to fill training needs and vacation gaps. These retirees do not lose retiree benefits. For information about how Triada can assist with your labor needs please contact us at (414) 342-9787 or triada@wrtp.org.
Triada values its relationships within the community. Its partnerships with community and labor-based organizations allow Triada to meet the needs of its clients and employees. We thank them:

  • IMPACT of Greater Milwaukee
  • Employ Milwaukee
  • Labor Unions
  • Wisconsin AFL-CIO
  • Milwaukee County Labor Council
  • Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Alternative Staffing Alliance
  • Social Enterprise Alliance
  • National Network of Sector Partners
  • Society of Human Resource Management
BUILDING IMPACTFUL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN PEOPLE AND INDUSTRY.
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