The WRTP provided low-income individuals with certificate programs in health care and construction, soft-skills training, case management, and supportive services to help them obtain and retain better-paying jobs and to meet local industry needs.

Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) Sectoral Employment Program  is currently offering some services remotely in response to COVID-19
Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) Sectoral Employment Program is currently offering some services remotely in response to COVID-19

The WRTP provided low-income individuals with certificate programs in health care and construction, soft-skills training, case management, and supportive services to help them obtain and retain 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 between 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 career goals and participation challenges. WRTP was implemented in Milwaukee, WI. The study that examined WRTP also evaluated two other interventions: Jewish Vocational Service-Boston and Per Scholas.

Year evaluation began: 2003
Populations and employment barriers:
Intervention services: Case management, Education, Employment retention services, Supportive services, Training, Occupational or sectoral training, Soft skills training, Job development/job placement
Setting(s): Urban only

Effectiveness Rating and Effect By Outcome Domain

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Outcome domain Term Effectiveness rating Effect in 2018 dollars and percentages Effect in standard deviations Sample size
Increase earnings Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term Supported favorable $6,212 per year 0.30 335
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term Little evidence to assess support favorable 3% (in percentage points) 0.06 341
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase education and training All measurement periods No evidence to assess support

Studies of this Intervention

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Study Quality Rating Study Counts per Rating
High High 1