Services for WRTP | BIG STEP2019-03-11T15:27:26+00:00

Industry Led & Worker Centered

We have a unique relationship with employers and unions. Our services are employer and industry driven. This means that our candidates can be confident that the training they receive is based on industry needs. Pre-registration is required, walk-ins are not accepted. Learn more about our services below or call (414) 937-3600 and get started today!



Our mission is to enhance the ability of industry to recruit and develop a diverse, qualified workforce in the construction, manufacturing, and emerging sectors of the regional economy.



Career services with special emphasis on apprenticeship readiness training & tutoring to prepare for the necessary apprenticeship qualifying tests in the skilled trades.



Triada Employment Services, LLC provides staffing services to companies seeking fully trained skilled employees as well as entry level candidates.


WRTP | BIG STEP offers a model of youth career development that is closely linked to industry demands and gives young people access to high quality work experience.

Who We Are

WRTP | BIG STEP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping candidates find opportunities in the construction and manufacturing sectors. We focus on helping people enter career pathways to family-sustaining jobs. To learn all about how WRTP | BIG STEP can connect you to training and employment opportunities in construction, manufacturing, and other emerging sectors, attend one of our General Information Sessions. Or, if you know you’re interested in a career in the building trades, join us for one of our BIG STEP Orientation Sessions. Pre-registration is required, walk-ins are not accepted. Call (414) 937-3600

How To Get Started


    The Center of Excellence for the Skilled Trades is located at 3841 W. Wisconsin Ave. To learn how we can help put you on a career pathway in construction, manufacturing, or emerging sectors, call (414) 342-9787.


    WRTP | BIG STEP is now serving Racine and Kenosha. Find out about available training opportunities by calling (262) 619-6560 .


    WRTP | BIG STEP now serves the Madison area and hosts Construction Readiness Orientations on the first and third Friday of every month. For more information call Bill Clingan at (608) 255-0155.


    Learn about the services WRTP | BIG STEP offers in Minnesota by calling Jerome Balsimo at (651) 335-2896.

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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