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As a workforce intermediary, WRTP | BIG STEP works with the public sector to develop resources, services, processes, and programs to ensure that member companies have the skilled workers needed to prosper and grow in a competitive global economy.


We upgrade the skills of current employees and we recruit, train, and place community residents in family-supporting jobs to meet their need for new workers. In addition, our Center of Excellence for Skilled Trades & Industry, located in downtown Milwaukee, provides a unique hub for community partners looking to place their clients in family-supporting jobs.

The Community Workforce Partnership (CWP) is a formal network of community-based organizations that provides specialized services to address barriers to employment for Milwaukee residents. Common barriers include lack of transportation, childcare, education, employability skills, re-entry, and income support. The members of the CWP meet regularly to align programs and services, enhance our inter-agency referral process, and coordinate outreach and networking activities to strengthen recruitment efforts. Thus, we are able to avoid duplication of services and maximize community resources to meet the full workforce readiness needs of our participants.

  • Coordinate with industry and employers in the construction, manufacturing, and emerging sectors of the regional economy to identify current and future employment opportunities.
  • Assess the industry’s workforce needs and jointly develop appropriate recruitment, assessment, training, placement, and retention strategies.
  • Recruit unemployed, underemployed, and low-income workers to increase the number of women and minorities who qualify for employment and apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Provide support services, career counseling, education, training, and advancement opportunities for participants.
  • Assist industry and employers with the development of effective retention and advancement strategies for the current and future workforce.
  • Recruit and train current employees to build effective workplace mentoring and peer adviser networks.
  • Develop and align federal, state, and local resources to support current and new initiatives.

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
  • Centro Hispano of Dane County
  • First Choice of Racine
  • La Casa de Esperanza
  • Milwaukee Community Service Corps
  • Milwaukee Urban League
  • Northcott Neighborhood House
  • Public Allies
  • ResCare
  • UMOS
  • YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin
  • Riverworks Development Corporation
  • Milwaukee JobsWork
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin
  • Journey House
  • Milwaukee Christian Center
  • Wisconsin Community Services
  • The Social Development Commission

  • Bradley Technical High School
  • Labor Education and Training Center
  • Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Oak Creek Franklin School District
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Literacy Services of Wisconsin

  • Milwaukee Area Workforce Funding Alliance
  • Employ Milwaukee
  • Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board
  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin

  • Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee
  • Building Advantage
  • Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • PNC Bank
  • Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

  • Bucyrus Foundation
  • Caterpillar Foundation
  • Forest County Potawatomi Foundation
  • Harley-Davidson Foundation
  • Kellogg Foundation
  • WE Energies Foundation

  • City of Madison
  • City of Milwaukee
  • Dane County
  • Milwaukee County
  • Milwaukee Department of Public Works
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

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—your contribution to our efforts is greatly appreciated! We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with national recognition for our work to create a more diverse, qualified workforce while meeting industry’s need for skilled labor.

$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. If you donate $50 or more, we will send you a custom WRTP | BIG STEP drawstring backpack made in Wisconsin by Union Labor.

Click below to make your donation now!


WRTP | BIG STEP: 3841 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208

Consider making a donation to WRTP | BIG STEP through your workplace giving or matching gifts program. Our United Way Donor Choice Program identification is #86022. WRTP | BIG STEP is an unaffiliated eligible United Way Agency. Giving through United Way is an easy, four-step process, and your donation helps WRTP | BIG STEP to recruit, prepare and funnel a diverse population of workers into family supporting manufacturing and construction jobs. More questions? Contact us via the form below or call (414) 342-9787.


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