Building Advantage is putting union members to work and supporting contractors with on-time, on budget projects, built safely to the highest quality standards. The success stories begin with helping men and women secure apprenticeships to fill the construction talent pipeline with skilled workers who are ready to contribute. Building Advantage also works alongside business owners, architects and engineers, general contractors and subcontractors, labor leaders, workforce readiness partners, municipalities and politicians to provide a highly-trained, diverse workforce that is dedicated to quality, safety, and continuous improvement.
Building Advantage is a one-stop resource for someone interested in joining the trades, looking to understand the process, and wants easy access to apply for an apprenticeship.
Since 2002, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) and the Building Industry Group & Skilled Trades Employment Program (BIG STEP) have partnered to:
- Provide job readiness skills to prepare diverse workers to enter the trades.
- Building strong industry and business relationships to open doors to job opportunities.
- Help individuals secure employment and be placed in the right roles for success.
- Support youth looking to enter the workforce.
WRTP | BIG offers workers a variety of services — career exploration, career counseling, hands-on learning opportunities, apprenticeship readiness, community certifications and soft skills development – to prepare individuals with the skills and pre-employment training they’ll need to obtain gainful, sustainable, and rewarding employment.
empowHER is designed to provide women in the building and construction trades a path to leadership along with the ability to retain and elevate other talented women in the trades. empowHER members engage in the power of networking and working together to positively impact progress in the construction industry.
For 50 years, Operation Fresh Start (OFS) has assisted youth ages 16-24 in Dane County, WI find their next path through education, mentoring, and employment training. Creating successful outcomes for young people at a critical time in their lives, with a focus on supporting diverse and lower-income individuals. Offering a variety of programs that help individuals finish high school or obtain a GED, learn to drive and get their license, and secure paid on-the-job training and employment.
Construction Business Group is dedicated to growing business opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for trade workers by safeguarding fairness, equity, and commitment to excellence in Wisconsin’s construction industry. The efforts of the Construction Business Group are vast, yet center around education of fair contracting laws, safety, compliance, and resolving issues that arise in public and private construction projects.
With 40 chapters around the country, the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus is a community that supports its members to be successful in their profession. The chapters and national committee offer the opportunity to discuss workplace challenges, political, economic, and social justice issues. The national chapter holds an annual conference open to all chapter members covering a wide variety of relevant topics to benefit members in the coming year.