Up to 3,500 tradespeople are set to benefit from the Australian government’s new Apprentice to Business program (AtoB Program), which will help tradies nationwide start or develop their business if it’s under two years old.
The initiative was launched this month and will provide training in a nationally recognised qualification in small business management. Participants will also be able to take advantage of business mentoring support for up to one year.
The AtoB Program caters for qualified tradespeople who are interested in starting up a new business.
To be eligible, you need to have permanent residency as an Australian citizen or be a permanent resident of Australia and have successfully completed an apprenticeship in a trade listed on the National Skills Needs List.
You also need to have recently started a new business (within 24 months) or be preparing to, not be an undischarged bankrupt, not have previously completed AtoB Program small business qualifications and not be subsidised from other government funding.
To apply for assistance from the AtoB Program, get in contact with your local AtoB Program Brokers.
The list of AtoB Program Brokers are available from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education website.