When you look at apprenticeship systems around the world, the most important success denominator is practically always social dialogue. Apprenticeships work because they link classroom and workplace training and because they tap the knowledge of both employers and workers on what training is needed and how to deliver it. "ILO Director General, Guy Ryder, speaking at the launch of the B20 and L20 “Joint understanding on key elements of quality apprenticeships”, 18 June 2013, in Geneva
Developing an apprenticeship programme is the first stage of the apprenticeship life cycle, which can be divided into four main processes, as shown below. Accordingly, this chapter includes four sections explaining each of these processes.