RHANDI BERTH

Vice President, WRTP/BIG STEP

Rhandi Berth is Director of Industrial Initiatives for the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP)/BIG STEP, a nationally recognized workforce development nonprofit organization. For more than 24 years, she has been instrumental in helping WRTP/BIG STEP become the nationally recognized organization it is today. She has been instrumental in developing and pioneering the workforce intermediary and industry partnership strategies now being adopted across the country. Berth has been at the heart of WRTP since its founding and is regarded as one of the foremost experts on industry driven workforce strategies in the country. Her work as a leader in an intermediary, industry setting has as its base a strong foundation and understanding of the industrial sector. She was the first female Vice President of IAMAW Machinists Local 1430. Her work includes developing a nationally recognized model for pre-employment training certificate programs in entry-level manufacturing skills. She was also instrumental in developing the Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship as well as adapting pre-employment training certificate model to building and construction trades working with Joint Apprenticeship Committtes.

Berth also serves as president of Triada Employment Services Inc., a nonprofit subsidiary of WRTP/BIG STEP. Triada staffing services provide workforce solutions targeted to the manufacturing and construction industries. Triada was developed and launched in 2007 as a market based response to industry challenges in developing a qualified and motivated workforce, and assist companies in recovery lost market share and costs related to vacancy, turnover, and temporary workforce structures. Berth currently serves in a number of advisory roles to state and national organizations involved in workforce development research and policy.