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“It’s an affordable entry into the world of business ownership that offers the support and pre-established frameworks to set the regional licensee up for success…”

Author: Miranda Mears

The saying goes that if you don’t get busy building your own dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.

As a small business owner, I’m always inspired by others looking to chart their own destiny and begin the business ownership journey. When I first took ownership of Learning Partnerships, one of my key priorities was growing the business to a point where others could come on board and help me to expand our offering across regional Queensland.

That’s where the idea of ‘Business in a Box’ was born.

‘Business in a Box’ essentially has all of the tools and equipment for a motivated and passionate individual to successfully run a high quality, trusted and respected Registered Training Organisation (RTO) as a regional licensee.

It presents a truly unique opportunity in that someone can leverage the entire Learning Partnerships model and brand and from day, pretty much walk out and run the business.

Learning Partnerships is the “engine room” that supports all of the running of the business, which is managed and owned by the regional licensee. These are ideally people who have great local connections, know their local area, that are part of that community and can provide the training and customize the business itself according to the types of qualifications and skills that are most appropriate for their areas.

For example, Mackay or Gladstone training programs might have a focus on governance, project management and workplace healthy and safety in the resources sector, while a Cairns licensee would have more of a tourism and hospitality focus in its service offering.

The wonderful thing about ‘Business in a Box’ is that it opens up opportunities for a diverse range of people who are looking to own their own business. It could be someone who’s an existing trainer that already has a lot of experience and qualifications in that area and wants to go out on their own.

It could be a recruitment organisation that wants to add a training arm.

You don’t necessarily have to be a registered trainer which means there’s enormous potential for people from all walks of life.  They’d obviously have to employ qualified trainers to do the courses but as the regional licensee, you could be a strategic businessperson looking for another business.

People often ask what the difference is between a franchisee and a licensee. If you were to look at a franchise for a Subway or McDonald’s for example, you’re looking at an excess of hundreds and thousands of dollars just to get off the line.

With Learning Partnerships we’re looking at licenses, depending on the sector and how big the range of service provision is, that are available anywhere from between a $10,000 initial startup, right through to about $50,000 initial startup.

Learning Partnerships has been operating since 1998; we have a very good reputation and can access the Certificate III guarantee funding, as well as user choice which is similar to an apprenticeship for business administration. It means we can attract business and retail trainees to the regional licensee and access government subsidies.

Being in a business that is a pre-qualified supplier gives our regional licensees such a wide range of opportunities for different types of revenue streams.

It’s an affordable entry into the world of business ownership that offers the support and pre-established frameworks to set the regional licensee up for success.



Miranda is an experienced and passionate leader and consultant, specialising in providing business advisory assessment and training services to individuals, businesses and government for transformation and growth.

Learning Partnerships is currently looking for regional licences in:

  • Cairns
  • Charters Towers
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Gladstone

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