Milwaukee Skilled Trades Consortium

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Milwaukee Skilled Trades Consortium

Milwaukee Area Technical College and WRTP | BIG STEP launched the Milwaukee Skilled Trades Consortium Thursday, April 6, at MATC’s Education Center at Walker’s Square, 816 West National Ave.

MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin and WRTP | BIG STEP President and CEO Mark Kessenich explained how the partnership will benefit area residents and employers.

“We have partnered with great success on a number of initiatives with WRTP | BIG STEP and I know this new collaboration will have a positive impact on Greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin,” said Martin. “The construction projects across our region demonstrate the demand for trained professionals. This strengthened relationship will help ensure that residents have access to high-quality education and training and that employers have a skilled workforce.”

“This Open House celebration recognizes the expansion of the dynamic partnership between MATC & WRTP | BIG STEP in meeting Milwaukee areas industry needs for a skilled workforce,” said WRTP |  BIG STEP President and CEO Mark Kessenich. “We are currently experiencing a boom in the construction trades, but also see a need to support and grow advanced manufacturing, including other skilled and technical careers – all of which require a higher skill level and understanding how to unite the job seeker with specific employer requirements.”

WRTP | BIG STEP will staff an office at the Education Center at Walker’s Square, which also is home to the college’s appliance technician, bricklaying, carpentry and preparatory plumbing programs.


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.


Jan 22, 2019

In partnership with the Wis DOT, local stakeholders, the WI Fast Forward Grant and the Walbec Group (which is the parent company of Payne and Dolan and Zenith Tech), I am excited to announce the upcoming training opportunity and recruitment date of January 22 for the next Racine class. The Walbec Group will be assisting with recruitment, screening and training and will be sourcing Spring 2019 hires from this training cohort. Class will start 1/28/2019 and will run through 3/8/2019 and will be held Monday-Friday 8 am to 4 pm. The locations for training will vary from the Racine Gateway Campus, Gateway iMET Center and training centers in the area.

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Jan 23, 2019

WRTP/BIG STEP, in collaboration with the Ironworkers Local 383, are recruiting qualified candidates for the Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program. Please come to the Ironworkers Recruitment and Informational session to learn more about the Ironworkers trade and apprenticeship opportunities within the union. Contractors and union representatives will be present to answer your questions. Applications for the Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program will be available during this session.

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