Programs. Big Step

Big Step

Ready to experience the advantage? 
Here’s how to get started with a career in the skilled trades.

Student getting help from Big Step program.


Representatives across the building trades founded Building Industry Group Skilled Trades Employment Program (WRTP – BIG STEP) in 1976 to increase the number of women, minorities and young workers employed in the skilled trades. A United States Department of Labor grant ultimately guided the organization toward a successful collaboration with the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) in 2002.

Combined, WRTP/BIG STEP has become a national leader in recruitment and development solutions, providing career pathways for jobseekers and meeting the needs of employers/unions looking to hire a diverse set of qualified candidates.

For more information on how WRTP/BIG STEP can help you, visit

Women in Construction at Big Step
Group learning at the Big Step shop
Hands on construction learning.
Painters learning at Big Step shop

Let's Get Started

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