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School Business Professional - Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

Course Type: Apprenticeships Start Date: January 2019 Duration: up to eighteen months Qualification: Diploma in School Business Professional - Level 4

Why this apprenticeship?

School Business Professionals (SBPs) perform a role which is unique to schools, administering and managing the financial, site, and support services within the school context. They provide essential support to school leadership teams, implementing their financial and business decisions.

SBPs may work in any school phase (primary, secondary, special) and in different school structures: single academy trusts, multi academy trusts (MATs), local authority maintained schools, and federations, etc. Consequently, they can work in very different settings with varying numbers of people that they report to including the headteacher or School Business Director (SBD).  

Within this context, SBPs have a shared number of roles which shape their day-to-day activity to make this a homogeneous role in schools.


Entry requirements

For those who have completed a Level 3 qualification, Higher Apprenticeships are a nationally accredited work-based programme designed to meet employers' needs at a higher skill level and include qualifications equivalent to higher education (Level 4 and 5)


Why choose an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain a nationally recognised qualification and valuable skills whilst working. We are a major provider of apprenticeships in the South East, helping employers to find the right apprentice for their business or upskill existing employees, and supporting individuals to succeed. 

Course Content

This standard will support you to achieve:

  • Planning, organising and managing processes to ensure value for money for the school whilst supporting education delivery
  • Communicating appropriately and effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • Managing support services across an entire school whilst also providing guidance to colleagues on the most appropriate use of school funding
  • Managing strategies set by senior personnel and drafting budgets that reflect them
Course Content

Cost & Finance

Apprenticeships are paid training schemes. You will learn and earn at the same time.

Wages will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship, but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16 – 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their studies. From April 2018, this is £3.70 per hour and from April 2019 it will increase to £3.90 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate. After a year, all apprentices need to be paid the minimum wage for their age. For more information please see the Government NMW web page.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level and subject area. As a guide, an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship around 18 to 24 months.

What might my working hours be?

Apprentices are required to have a minimum of 30 contracted hours with an employer who will agree working patterns. Expect 20% of your contracted time to be dedicated to your apprenticeship training.

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