New school business manager apprenticeships being developed by employer/school-led trailblazer groups will be available from 2018 onwards. These will be funded from the apprenticeship accounts that levy-paying schools are contributing to.
Level 4 School Business Professional Apprenticeship
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 2018) 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 process); this is normally paid out from your school/trust/local authority’s apprenticeship service digital account (or DAS).
Important: You must ensure that your funding manager can confirm that there are sufficient funds available in the school/ trust/ local authority’s levy fund account. Note that for local authority applicants most LAs will require training providers to submit to their procurement process before funds can be allocated; this may impact on your start date.
Alternative payment options are available for non-levy paying employers – please contact us for more details or see gov.uk information here.
Note: Anyone currently undertaking an apprenticeship or DfE funded programme of study will not be eligible for a higher apprenticeship until they have completed their current apprenticeship/studies.
Locations for next intake
Apply now for the February 2019 intake. Five regional locations for the 1-day face-to-face workshops are planned for this intake (subject to numbers):
Regional venue locations may vary for each intake and are offered subject to minimum numbers.
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 (if your employer is a local authority please check with your relevant finance dept. or funding manager). 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).
Ready to apply?
The application form is located on our sister website and can be accessed when you click on one of the Apply Now buttons in the table below.
|Programme (course code)||Apply by||Start date|
|Level 4 SBPA (620)||16th November 2018||4th February 2019||Apply Now|
|Level 4 SBPA (620)||22nd March 2019||3rd June 2019||Apply Now|
|Level 4 SBPA local groups|
|Contact us||2019||2019 start date||Apply Now|
We have also recently launched new ILM Level 4 and Level 5 Diploma programmes that you may be interested in as an alternative. 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 Autumn 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) 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 13/9/18
We are an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Approved Centre to deliver Level 4 and other SBM programmes