WRTP | BIG STEP is paving the way to make sure everyone has a pathway to a family-supporting career. We are curious and courageous people who boldly work toward building impactful connections between people and industry in innovative and equitable ways: we are the change-makers.
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.
Traditionally underrepresented and underemployed people, particularly women and people of color, must have access to education, training, and supportive equitable placement opportunities. This is accomplished through:
Inventive pre-apprenticeship programs leading to apprenticeship placements
Access to specialized training and placement for disenfranchised populations
Consistent apprenticeship sponsorship and support
Targeted curriculum for individual and cohort learning with direct career pathways
Industry employers and labor organizations are full partners in creating career pathways and opportunities that are safe, skill-focused, and culturally competent. This is accomplished through:
Consistent implementation of evidence-based intercultural workforce learning
Developing and supporting an accessible skilled talent pipeline
Collaborative, focused working groups that identify and reduce barriers in real time
Holistic planning and technical assistance that expands career opportunities for people and industry in a dynamic workforce community. This is accomplished through:
Spearheading research and trend identification and communicating results
Agile and innovative responses to unique industry needs
Provision of targeted technical assistance
TEAM ON A MISSION
Curious and courageous, we boldly work toward building better pathways between people and industry: we are accountable to each other, own our vision, and live our mission.
FOCUS ON IMPACT
We focus on making BIG changes in our communities by breaking down barriers and not letting small setbacks get in our way.
REFUSE TO SETTLE
We hustle every single day to collaboratively find high-quality, lasting solutions to challenges that always put people first.
We are data-driven and people-focused when making informed decisions about where we are and where we’re going.
ACT WITH INTEGRITY
We do the right thing each and every time with confidence and solidarity.