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.