Although Yaphet had spent 20 years in foodservice, including management, he had no prior experience in construction. That didn’t stop him from quickly forging a new path to become a plumber with WRTP | BIG STEP, completing hand and power tool training, learning construction math, and attaining OSHA 30 and First Aid CPR AED certifications. He graduated from WRTP | BIG STEP in June 2021 and has since been accepted into Plumbers Union Local 75 in Milwaukee. He has also secured an apprenticeship position with Horner Plumbing as a Laborer, set to begin in fall 2022.
Yaphet gave a heartfelt round of applause to the WRTP | BIG STEP South Central staff and trainers for their invaluable guidance. Yaphet urges others not to be afraid to bet on themselves; his own experience has changed his life and—even more importantly to Yaphet—his son’s life.