School business manager apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university course
working towards this role
You could do a foundation degree or degree, or a professional qualification, in a subject like accountancy, business management, public administration or human resources.
You'll usually need at least 1 A-Level, or the equivalent, for a foundation degree. You'll need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or the equivalent, for a degree.
You can start by doing a business administrator Level 3 (advanced) apprenticeship or school business professional higher apprenticeship.
You can also complete a degree apprenticeship for managers and senior school leaders, depending on your experience.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You may be able to start as a school administrator or secretary. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs, including English and maths. With experience, you could apply for promotion to office manager or business manager.
If you're already working as a school administrator you could take a qualification like the:
ILM Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management, or a ILM Level 5 Diploma in School Business Leadership.
You could apply directly to become a school business manager if you have a strong background in finance or management. An accountancy qualification may be needed for some jobs, and you'll need experience of motivating people.
Experience of working in education will be an advantage.
School business manager apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- leadership skills
- business management skills
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- maths and financial skills
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- knowledge of human resources and employment law
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
School business manager apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this job, you'll:
- advise the headteacher and governors on financial policy
- manage the school budget
- order goods and services and pay suppliers and contractors
- keep accounts up to date for inspection
- oversee the maintenance of school buildings
- recruit, train and manage school support staff
- make sure school security and health and safety policies are followed
- develop the school's marketing and communications strategy
- manage the school's administrative systems
- report to the headteacher, governors, and local authority and government departments
You could work in an office, at a school or at a college.
Career path and progression - School business manager apprenticeships
You could develop your career by moving to a larger school or college with a bigger budget. You could also move into financial or educational management with a local authority, or use your skills to work for an organisation like the NHS.