New school business manager apprenticeships being developed by employer/school-led trailblazer groups will be available in 2018. These will be funded from the apprenticeship accounts that levy-paying schools are contributing to.
Level 4 School Business Professional Apprenticeship – final approval now confirmed
The SBM Level 4 Trailblazers group, which includes the SBM Partnership (Serco, Adfecto and ISBL), has developed a Level 4 School Business Professional apprenticeship which has recently (February) received final approval as an apprenticeship standard.
It will offer a school-based higher apprenticeship for school business professionals and others in school support roles, e.g. senior administrators, school office managers, finance officers, bursars, etc.
The application window is now open – see below for details.
School Business Professional (SBP) Apprenticeship – overview
If you are interested in the Level 4 School Business Professional apprenticeship you must read the supporting documents located under Key Documents (right), and can then start the two-stage application process.
How do I pay for the apprenticeship?
The Level 4 School Business Apprenticeship costs £5250. See Key Documents (above right) for further details. Providing you are from a levy-paying school, then, as a general guide, 80% of the apprenticeship cost is split into monthly payments to the provider, with the remaining 20% payable on completion. (This is a simplified example of the payment process).
You will need to gather specific information required for your online application form, and confirm with your funding manager that apprenticeship levy funds are available for you. You must read the supporting documents found in the Key Documents area on the right of this page:
We also recommend that you view a copy of the application form to preview (also available in the Key Documents area). Once you have printed off or downloaded the above documents and discussed the apprenticeship with your line manager (who must support your application) you can then start the two-part application process.
Please note that the Lead Partner, Serco, is on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).
Start dates 2018
Pilot programme – West Midlands area (limited places, open to applicants from West Midlands and surrounding areas)
Main programme – Various regional locations
Ready to apply? The application form is located on our sister website and can be accessed here.
Further general information on apprenticeships is available here
We have also recently launched new ILM Level 4 and Level 5 Diploma programmes that you may be interested in as an alterntive. The ILM programmes are separate programmes from the apprenticeships and are funded directly by your school (or the participant) and are not covered by apprenticeship funding.
A Level 6 CMDA for School Professionals degree apprenticeship (3 years) is also in the pipeline for later on in 2018.
Why choose the SBM Partnership?
Serco has been delivering apprenticeship programmes to a wide audience for many years, and, as part of the SBM Partnership (Serco, Adfecto and ISBL/NASBM) are the country’s leading exponents of school business manager programmes and have successfully delivered to many thousands of SBMs since 2003.
For further information on our other SBM programmes click on the navigation links on the right.
Page last updated 21/3/18
We are an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Approved Centre to deliver Level 4 and other SBM programmes