All curates, in their first four years, participate in the IME 4 - 7 programme of ministerial formation. The programme includes:
- The primary parish-based training overseen and provided by the training incumbent
- A course of training in year groups with two tutors appointed for each group or in the Evening Group across the years
- A process of regular review
- Training and support for training incumbents in their role and task
The overall theme is 'developing confident ministers and disciples for mission in a changing Church and world'.