The main element of an apprenticeship programme is the training, this is often managed by a training provider. Mentoring and coaching is often another key element of the apprenticeship.
The number of hours will vary depending on the nature of the skills the apprentice is developing. Some more practical orientated skills require more on the job training than traditional classroom-based training. Therefore they are training while doing.
Employers need to be highly involved in helping to develop and design the training required, including any mentoring, coaching and supervising on the job training.
A successful apprenticeship programme is based on the relationships between all parties involved and one where the employer has a genuine desire to invest in the development of their apprentice.