One of my clients is WRTP/BIG STEP – Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership. WRTP/BIG STEP is a non-profit workforce development intermediary. WRTP is Industry Led, Worker-Centered and Community Focused. Their mission is to enhance the ability of public and private sector organizations to recruit and develop a more diverse, qualified workforce in construction, manufacturing and emerging industry sectors of the regional economy.
And, they are doing just that.
I was pleased to coordinate a recognition event just recently to honor 35 adults who successfully completed WRTP/BIG STEP’s DOT Road Building TrANS Class Program. Program partners including Arrow-Crete Construction, LLC, Dawe’s Rigging & Crane Rental, Iron Workers Local 8, Payne & Dolan, Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Mason’s International Association – Local 599 (OPCMIA), Southeastern Wisconsin Carpentry Training Center, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and the Wisconsin Laborers Apprenticeship & Training Program.
Representing program participants, graduate Danny Jones shared his journey. He eloquently thanked WRTP/BIG STEP and its DOT TrANS Road Building Program saying it allowed him to “take a big step” towards a successful career.
This program trains adults for construction related careers — life and family sustaining careers. These folks will be working on the Zoo Interchange Project and countless other projects as our city embarks on a boom of sorts, in construction, labor and manufacturing.
Milwaukee has a lot of people who need work, and a lot of work to be done – it’s a win-win for everyone.
You can learn more about WRTP at http://www.wrtp.org.