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NMIT offers free ‘Apprentice to Business owner’ program

25 Jul 2013

NMIT offers free government-funded ‘Apprentice to Business owner’ program to eligible tradespeople

NMIT is offering up to 20 free enrolments in a nationally recognised qualification in small business management for regional Victorians.

The Apprentice to Business Owner business skills and mentoring program (AtoB program) is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

The program supports eligible tradespeople who are seeking to, or have recently established a business. 

NMIT’s Business Enterprise Centre recently won a government tender to deliver up to 40 courses (20 in regional Victoria and 20 in metropolitan Victoria) under the AtoB program.

Participants will have the chance to complete NMIT’s Certificate IV in Small Business Management  at no cost and will receive ongoing business mentoring for up to 12 months.

To be eligible for the program, trade apprentices need to have completed their trade training and be looking towards establishing a new business or already commenced their own business (with a registered ABN) within the last two years.  Their trade qualification needs to be recognised on the national skills shortage list.

The AtoB program provides the opportunity for eligible tradespeople to develop their business management skills. (See PDF Brochure)

According to Michael La Scaleia, Teacher –Business Enterprise Centre, the AtoB program aims to transform a small business into a flourishing and successful enterprise.

“Our goal is to provide apprentices engaged in the program with the associated skills to run a successful business such as finance, marketing, legal and risk management,” said Michael.

The majority of work will be completed outside the ‘classroom’ and will include monthly contacts, online assessment, face to face meetings and ongoing mentoring.

Applying for the AtoB Program at NMIT:

For more information about the program, or how to apply, contact Michael La Scaleia, Teacher – NMIT Business Enterprise Centre on 03 9269 1472 or visit

About the National Skills Needs List

The National Skills Needs List identifies traditional trades that are identified as experiencing a national skills shortage.

The list is based on detailed labour market research and analysis undertaken by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, an Australian Apprentice undertaking a Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List may be eligible to attract the following employer incentives and personal benefits:

  • Support for adult Australian Apprentices payments
  • Tools For Your Trade payments
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage incentive

As the National Skills Needs List is reviewed regularly, please visit the Australian Apprenticeships website  for the most up-to-date list.

Interview / Photo Opportunity

Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on 03 9269 1579, 0413 483 182 or ua.ud1571279666e.civ1571279666.timn1571279666@rene1571279666drags1571279666emaj1571279666

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) – Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne’s north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce.  NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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