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About us

Across the UK, Aptem is delighting training and employability providers, universities, colleges, tutors, assessors, employers and, most importantly, learners and jobseekers

We were founded in 2009

There are over 100 of us

Supporting nearly 200 customers

And 100,000 learners and jobseekers

We’ve won 12 major industry awards

We are ISO 27001 accredited (and 9001)

Our partnership approach

Aptem was created to produce innovative technology products that support the delivery of complex, regulated skills and employability programmes. We have a simple mission – to develop technology that helps people find rewarding work and enables them to equip themselves with the skills they need to progress.

Our partnership approach

We believe in a partnership approach, which is why our team is made up of industry experts who have worked in training providers, colleges, universities and employability providers. We have the set up you’d expect from any leading SaaS provider, including consultative business development, implementation, customer success and support, product, engineering and supporting business functions.

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Expert support throughout your time with us

You can be confident that our Product team works collaboratively with your day-to-day Aptem contacts. We are privileged to have industry experts across Aptem, and we provide many opportunities to gain feedback and insights from customers.

Helping you to get started with Aptem

Our Business Development team is highly experienced in the skills and employability sector, each with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by mid-sized to large ITPs, employability providers, universities, colleges and employer providers. They will take you through the product, helping you to assess whether it’s right for your organisation.

Providing unrivalled sector expertise

You can be confident that our Product team works collaboratively with your day-to-day Aptem contacts. We are privileged to have industry experts across Aptem, and we provide many opportunities to gain feedback and insights from customers.

Personalised implementation

Each Aptem customer is supported by a dedicated team of Implementation Consultants, all of whom have a proven track record in implementing apprenticeship delivery systems. Feedback on the support during this critical implementation period is consistently glowing.

Supporting you post-implementation

Our Customer Success and Customer Support teams manage the relationship post-implementation. They have backgrounds in supporting SaaS technology products combined with industry experience. In addition, we hold regular product training sessions with our Product Team.

Helping you get the most from your data

Your analytics requirements are supported by our Data Analytics and Research team, led by Chartered Psychologist Mark Abrahams.

Opportunities to join the Aptem community

We facilitate a network of industry peers. Customers are invited to become members of our forums and roundtables to come together regularly to discuss industry issues, product updates, and advise each other on delivery of apprenticeships. We run regular consultations with customers, giving them a voice in our product development.

Our story


MyWorkSearch was formed to provide a scalable technology solution addressing unemployment following the 2008 financial crash.


MyWorkSearch was one of the largest SaaS employability programme delivery providers.


As unemployment declined, we pivoted our technology into Apprenticeships, rebranding as MWS Technology.


Aptem launched with our first client – Corndel, and soon grew to service colleges, universities and training providers.


Due to Covid we relaunched MyWorkSearch as Aptem Employ, securing large government contracts. 


Aptem is the market-leading, apprenticeship end-to-end platform, used by nearly 200 customers and 100k learners.


Aptem is driving greater efficiency and quality for its customers through adoption of AI and language technology.

The things that matter to us - our company values

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We commit to build our knowledge and skills for the benefit of our business and our customers

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We are outcome-focused, collaborate effectively, and use our time wisely to maximise our impact

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We take personal responsibility and ownership for our decisions, actions and results

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Quality underpins everything we do; we strive for operational excellence

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We foster inclusivity and treat others with empathy and consideration

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We grasp hold of opportunities to improve things, even if they are not our direct responsibility

Our leaders

We have a management team that represents all areas of the business, backed by a Board:

Richard Alberg

Richard Alberg


Richard is the founder and CEO of Aptem. Prior to Aptem, Richard founded Psychometric Services Ltd (PSL). PSL developed and published psychometric tests and was a pioneer in the field of online recruitment, integrating assessment with recruitment workflow software. The company was purchased by Kenexa, that was in turn acquired by IBM. Richard co-founded Corndel, a highly successful apprenticeship training provider, and is non-executive director of Protocol Holdings Ltd.

Yetunde Ayodele


Yetty joined Aptem in 2020. She is a chartered global management accountant with over 15 years’ experience managing, digitalising, and transforming finance and reporting functions across various industries. Yetty has spent the last 10 years of her career using data as an enabler to drive finance decision-making to enhance business performance. Yetty heads our finance team.

David Devine

David Devine


David joined Aptem in 2018, bringing with him a wealth of experience, leading business development teams in large corporates and startups selling HR technology. In addition, David has over 10 years working in professional bodies implementing Frameworks and Standards in large multinationals and central government.

Isla Lightfoot


Isla joined Aptem in 2020, having previously consulted for brands including Nissan, Diageo, and HSBC. She developed and executed the marketing strategy for the largest change programme at Barclays, worked with Worldpay to set up their communications function and deliver their rebrand, and most recently set up the marketing function and rebranded Corndel. Isla holds a post-graduate with Distinction in Digital Marketing and is a member of the IDM. She is responsible for oversight and delivery of all marketing activities.

Rien Sach

Rien Sach


Rien joined Aptem in 2022. Rien has a strong background in leading product development organisations in both VC and PE-backed companies, with a passion for building great products and creating empowered, motivated teams. Rien has a BSc in software engineering, a PhD in psychology and software engineering, and an Executive MBA.

Christine Weddell


Christine joined Aptem in 2020. She is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience in process improvement and providing outstanding client service. Christine spent 10 years at PwC and prior to Aptem worked at a high growth technology start up leading the implementation function and client onboarding process. Christine is responsible for overseeing all business operations at Aptem.

We're award winning and accredited

And we work with some fantastic organisations to deliver value beyond our products

Aptem news and events - get involved

We regularly host events and training, publish articles, white papers and eBooks, and commission research. Have a browse and get involved:

Thought leadership webinars

The future of UCAS apprenticeships - with Pete Milsom, UCAS Partnerships Manager
Thursday 7 March 2024 | 11am - 12pm | Register here

This is your opportunity to hear directly from UCAS Partnerships Manager, Pete Milsom on UCAS's apprenticeship strategy, plans and progress to date. A must-attend event for all those involved in the provision of apprenticeships of all levels and across HE, FE, Independent Training Providers and Employers.

In-person events

Annual Apprenticeship Conference (AAC) 2024
Monday 26 - Tuesday 27 February 2024 | ICC Birmingham

Aptem will once again be exhibiting at the AAC, the leading conference for all those involved with the delivery of apprenticeships. Tickets are available here.

Aptem Higher Education Forum meeting - for HE customers
Wednesday 8 May 2024 | Staffordshire University

Our next in-person Aptem HE Forum meeting will take place on 8 May at Staffordshire University. This is an opportunity for you to meet with the Aptem team, hear from our guest speaker, participate in Aptem best practice workshops, and network with your HE peers. Aptem HE Forum members should look out for an email invitation, or please ask your Customer Success Manager for details.


Product briefing webinars

Customers will be invited to these training sessions via email.

Aptem Assess enhancements
Tuesday 5 March 2024 | 11am - 12pm

Data management in Aptem to maximise your QAR
Tuesday 19 March 2024 | 11am - 12pm

Aptem Masterclass: Making best use of sub-programme functionality
Tuesday 16 April 2024 | 11am - 12pm 

Aptem Masterclass: Making use of Power BI reports
Tuesday 30 April 2024 | 11am - 12pm 

Aptem Basics: ePortfolio & using Aptem to prepare for EPA
Tuesday 14 May 2024 | 11am - 12pm 


Training providers, universities, colleges, employers and employability providers tell us they value our industry expertise and insight.

Here is some recent content that you might find of interest:

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Latest eBook

Using Aptem to inform your Self-Assessment Report (SAR)

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Latest white paper

How Independent Training Providers (ITPs) can survive and thrive in an inflationary market

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Previous white paper

Overcoming resistance to change: implementing new technology

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Aptem Intelligence Dashboard

We have created a free dashboarding tool that makes it easy for apprenticeship providers to analyse trends, see offerings gaps, produce competitor analysis, and make data-driven strategic decisions from the ESFA data.

Access the Aptem Intelligence Dashboard here.

Latest eBook: Using Aptem to inform your Self-Assessment Report (SAR)

This eBook breaks down the SAR process – what your SAR might include, the role of data in a SAR, and how you can use Aptem to evidence the performance of your provision. Plus, we provide valuable insights and tips to support Ofsted preparations.

We'd love to hear from you

The best way to experience our platform is through a consultative chat with one of our friendly experts. They can take you through the system and show you the benefits of Aptem that are most relevant to your business.