1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Daily tasks include working on various areas (bread/ambient/chiller/produce), tills, interacting with and helping customers. You are responsible for your assigned area for the day.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My communication skills have improved and I am a lot more confident around people.I have a BTEC in retail knowledge which progresses into the next year at a higher level.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It can be very stressful but very rewarding. A lot is expected of you and you are thrown in the deep end which helps you learn fast. Everyone gets along and we are all friends so there are always people to help if you are struggling.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I feel very valued by my fellow store assistants, maybe not so much by management but they are very stressed and busy. You do get a one on one meeting with the store manager every few months to help assess your strengths and weaknesses and set targets. Aldi offer different perks and make you feel involved in the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction was well done, however there wasn't much training as you mostly learn on the job by being paired up with someone else. There is support available from deputy managers and store assistants if needed. I have monthly meetings with my assessor from college which help set targets etc.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider is there whenever I need them by phone or email. She is very friendly and genuinely cares about how I'm doing. We have meetings every month to help with the work set and any problems at work.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The store manager doesn't talk to me unless he has to, the deputy managers are very friendly and will speak with you as if you are equal. If you have a problem or complaint you'd generally talk to the area mananger who is happy to help.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Aldi pay their apprentices very well, it goes up every year as well. I have just turned 18 and I can afford to pay my rent and bills. There is always overtime to be done if you need extra money.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We go out as friends as often as we can. Sometimes opportunities come up to work in other stores. There is a new scheme that provides discounts in selected places. Huge amount of overtime availabke.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's a good company to progress in,I have also made loads of friends and earnt loads of money
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
Interview process takes a while, be patient. Take it seriously. Only apply if you can commit to it, you will have to work different hours every week and it can be hard to balance other commitments. Expect to be working way more hours than you are contracted. Have some level of physical strentgh/ stamina as you will be lifting/moving around for up to 10 hours a day with very little rest breaks.
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