The AtoB (Apprentice to Business Owner) program supports eligible tradespeople who are seeking to, or have recently, established a business.

Many tradespeople operate as subcontractors, sole operators or small businesses. To establish a successful business, in addition to their trade specific competencies they also need to develop small business management skills, to ensure they meet business and employment regulations.


How can the AtoB Program help?

The AtoB Program provides free training in a nationally recognised qualification in small business management and includes free business mentoring support for up to 12 months.

The AtoB Program provides the opportunity for eligible tradespeople to develop their business management skills.

An individual, personalised training and mentoring plan will be developed in consultation with each participant. Training can be delivered in a classroom, via distance education, via the internet or through a blended learning approach.


Am I eligible for the AtoB Program?

The A to B Program services are designed for qualified tradespeople who have started a business in the last 2 years or who are ready to start up a new business, or to operate as independent subcontractors.

To be eligible, individual tradespeople must:

  • have permanent residency, that is, as an Australian citizen or as a permanent resident of Australia;
  • have successfully completed a trade-related apprenticeship in a trade listed on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL).  The Australian Apprenticeships website provides further information about the NSNL;
  • be preparing to or have recently (within 24 months) established a business;
  • not be an undischarged bankrupt;
  • not have previously completed the small business qualifications offered under the AtoB Program; and
  • not be subsidised from other government funding, including Commonwealth, States and Territories, for the same eligible qualifications offered under the AtoB Program.


How can I apply?

If you are eligible you may be able to access assistance through the AtoB Program via Box Hill Institute’s Business Enterprise Centre.