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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

Through the journey from purchase to implementation and optimisation you are supported by experts. Here is a flavour of the team behind the technology.

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.

You can be confident that our Product team works collaboratively with your day-to-day Aptem contacts. We are privileged to have industry experts in these critical roles - including Steve Dewhurst who has 25 years' experience in the HE sector, and Martyn Wood who has extensive experience extracting and interpreting complex funding rules through 15 years in the industry.

Each Aptem customer is supported by a dedicated team of Implementation Consultants, all of whom have a proven track record in implementing degree apprenticeship delivery systems for Aptem's almost 40 university customers. Feedback on the support during this critical implementation period is consistently glowing.

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.

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

We facilitate a network of industry peers. University customers are invited to become members of our HE Forum, who come together discuss industry issues, product updates, and advise each other on delivery of degree apprenticeships. We will soon be launching an ILR Forum for compliance specialists, and we run regular consultations with customers, giving them a voice in our product development.

Our story

2010

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

2015

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

2016

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

2017

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

2020

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

2022

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

The things that matter to us - our company values

We are knowledgeable and have the expertise to carry out our roles effectively.

We take personal responsibility and ownership. We are professionals who act with full appreciation of the wider context.

Quality underpins everything we do – from our products and materials, to everyday processes and communications. We strive for operational excellence.

We see things from our customers’ perspective, we care about their success and we ensure that every interaction has a positive intent.

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:

Learning at Work Institute – Employment & Skills Convention

September 13, 2022, Birmingham

Come and see us at the exhibition! 


Association of Colleges (AoC) Annual Conference & Exhibition

November 15-16, 2022, Birmingham

We will once again be at the AoC event, demonstrating how Aptem is used by a growing number of colleges. Book here.


UVAC National Conference

November 23, 2022, Manchester

Visit our Headline Sponsor stand at this flagship event for the HE sector. Book here.  


We run regular training webinars for customers. In the recent spring series we covered topics including:

  • Enrolling learners
  • Process Automation Trackers
  • Dashboards and drilldowns
  • Learning Plans
  • Power BI reporting dashboards

Our autumn series will commence mid-September 2022. 

Customers are invited to these training sessions via email.

Latest white paper:

Overcoming resistance to change: implementing new technology

Read white paper

HE Forum

October 11, 2022, Birmingham

HE sector customers are invited to join the Aptem team, HE peers and guest speakers for an in-person event. Please look out for an email invitation.

Change Management

Download our white paper - Overcoming resistance to change: implementing new technology:
  • The behavioural science behind change
  • The different approaches to change management
  • Implementing change
  • Case studies for implementing a new technology
  • Universal factors for successful change management

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.