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Help Applying

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.

High school graduate ready to apply for trades.

The Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) – BIG STEP is a nonprofit organization committed to the recruitment and development of the most diverse, qualified workforce in the region. Apprenticeship applicants are encouraged to utilize the WRTP/BIG STEP suite of career services and resources — including career exploration and counseling, soft skills development and tutoring in preparation for apprenticeship exams and employer assessments.

Take the first step

Ready to take the first step toward a career in the construction industry? Attend a BIG STEP orientation!


BIG STEP orientations are held in Madison, Milwaukee and Racine. You’ll learn all about apprenticeships in the building trades, the application process, the BIG STEP apprenticeship readiness tutoring program, entry-level training opportunities, community certification and ongoing construction projects in the area.

Pre-registration is required. For more information on how WRTP/BIG STEP can help you, visit www.wrtp.org.

Let's Get Started

Do you have a valid driver's license?*

Level of education completed:*

Do you have previous experience?*

Take the ACT or Accuplacer/Next Gen in the last 5 years?*

Select which trades you want to follow-up with you:*