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WRTP | BIG STEP Annual Reports


Annual Report | New Roads Ahead

Annual Report | New Roads Ahead In 2017, we continued working hard to share what we know and learn what we didn’t know. We do this by presenting at conferences, networking [...]


Creating Viable Starting Points for Career Pathways

Creating Viable Starting Points for Career Pathways – WRTP/BIG STEP Youth Programs This report takes stock of current employment opportunities for young Milwaukee residents, highlights the limitations of existing youth career [...]


BIG STEP: The First 40 Years

BIG STEP: The First 40 Years – BIG STEP 40th Anniversary History Booklet BIG STEP works with industry to develop curriculum for skilled workers it needs. In turn, BIG STEP connects [...]


Moving Apprenticeship Into Manufacturing’s Future

Moving Apprenticeship Into Manufacturing’s Future: Industrial Manufacturing Technician The success of this apprenticeship derives directly from the WRTP/BIG STEP’s long-standing and deep relationships with manufacturing firms and labor unions built over [...]


Meet the out-of-work

Meet the out-of-work: Local profiles of jobless adults and strategies to connect them to employment Imagine a divorced 50-something white woman who used to work as a teacher’s aide, a 30-year-old [...]


Annual Report | Reaching New Heights

2016 Annual Report | Reaching New Heights: On behalf of the Board of Directors of WRTP | BIG STEP,we would like to thank everyone who helped us mark the 40th anniversary [...]


Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons SBE and RPP Report

Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons SBE and RPP Report This Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons Participation Performance Report details Northwestern Mutual’s progress toward meeting the goals of the Human Resources Agreement [...]


Report | Profit Wise News & Views

2015 Report | Profit Wise News & Views ProfitWise News and Views welcomes article proposals and comments from bankers, community organizations, and other readers. It is mailed (either electronically or via [...]


Annual Report | Priming the Pipeline

2015 Annual Report | Priming the Pipeline WRTP | BIG STEP’s success in priming the pipeline from entry-level job seekers to family-sustaining careers in construction, manufacturing, and other emerging sectors has [...]

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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