The WRTP provided certificate programs in health care and construction, soft skills training, case management, and supportive services to help people with low incomes find and keep better paying jobs and to meet local industry needs.
WRTP provided short-term training programs—selected to match local labor market demand—that resulted in nursing assistant, medical assistant, and construction certificates. Participants also received soft skills training, case management, remedial education, job placement assistance, and post-employment services. Child care and transportation assistance were available for participants receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Training programs ranged from 40 to 160 hours and lasted from two to eight weeks. Participants were required to have a 6th to 10th grade reading level, a driver’s license (for construction training), and a negative drug screen (for health care training). They were also interviewed to determine their career goals and any challenges they might face in participating. WRTP was implemented in Milwaukee, WI. The study that examined WRTP also evaluated two other interventions: Jewish Vocational Service-Boston and Per Scholas.