Supporting the training and development of SBPs in your trust

January 5, 2024

We are proud to say that we are the only professional body uniquely dedicated to improving school business practice. But how do we practically achieve this aside from advocacy and demonstrating a good example?

The real work in improving practice is through concrete training and continuing professional development (CPD) for actual school business professionals. Read on to see some of the different paths we offer member professionals so that they in turn can offer more to the organisations they work for.

Apprenticeships and other ISBL-accredited qualifications

A clear path into the career is through an apprenticeship. ISBL plays a crucial role in accrediting apprenticeships dedicated specifically to the qualification and development of school business professionals. 

Any ISBL-accredited apprenticeship will be measured against our professional standards, ensuring that they cover all important aspects of the role at the level you are looking to attain. Find out more about the different apprenticeships and other qualifications we accredit:

From a potential recruit’s perspective, your organisation has a much better offering if you can promise profound, not superficial, development opportunities. Through the variety of qualifications we accredit, ISBL gives your organisation the ability to present a truly broad range of development possibilities for every new hire or valued staff member you are looking to retain.

Training, toolkits and webinars

Alongside longer-form training and development programmes, there is a lot of value in smaller ‘bite-size’ training materials. On our website, we have a dedicated training section including webinars, toolkits, and short courses in subjects such as finance, marketing, estate management, and human resources. All of these resources have been made in collaboration with industry-leading organisations such as CIPFA, Judicium Education, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and many more, all specialised in their fields outright.

If you’re looking for training to supplement your knowledge, you can be sure that anything we provide has been created with leading experts in consultation.

Open to members, we also have a full calendar of training events that is constantly being improved as the field changes and updates.

Benefits of membership 

For anyone currently undergoing, or looking to start, training or CPD to become or grow as a school business professional, ISBL membership is extremely beneficial. Joining a group of the most experienced and successful SBPs in the country, members gain valuable sector insights which really help while studying. 

In addition, you will also be able to develop your network in the field, gaining access to our calendar of conferences.

We believe that dedication to improvement and training should reward school business professionals. We help achieve this for school business professionals by supporting our members in looking for new roles and finding vacancies that suit their ever-growing competencies.

If you’re an organisation that employs school business professionals, or is looking to, we’d love to talk to you about how we can help you deliver a top-notch training and development offer to any new recruit or valued staff member.

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