Apprenticeships offer school business professionals (SBPs) the opportunity to combine practical training and study. They are for both:

  • New entrants to the profession
  • Existing practitioners who want to continue their career development


We have supported the development of a suite of apprenticeship programmes and were part of the Trailblazer group for the Level 4 School Business Professional Apprenticeship and have supported HEIs in developing contextualised Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) programmes. We work closely with many of the training providers who offer the apprenticeships.


The main apprenticeship programmes suitable for school business professionals are outlined below:

  • Level 3 Business Administrator
  • Level 4 School Business Professional
  • Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)
  • Level 7 Senior Leadership


If you are currently on an apprenticeship programme, we would encourage you to become a member of ISBL. You can access the student rate if you are studying at level 4 or below and enjoy the benefits that membership provides, assisting you with sector insights whilst studying.


ISBL has been working to ensure that the profession has the best possible opportunities to develop practitioners’ knowledge, skills and behaviours.


Information about the apprenticeship levy, including how to access funding from it, is available at the GOV.NET website: Apprenticeship Levy.


Apprenticeships on GOV.UK website:


You can find out more on the individual web pages for each apprenticeship.