1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
When i arrive at work in the morning, i must get myself a order picking truck off charge. Before driving the truck i must do a health and safety check which involves checking the horn, forks, wheels etc all work. I will then get myself my headset and pod set myself up to start picking. Once i have done this i will drive my truck to aisle 2 where i will be sent to different slots and told to take a certain number of products by an automated voice through the headset. Once the pallet is full i must wrap the pallet with shrink wrap. Once the order is complete i will start a brand new order.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Before i started working at aldi full time, i was trained on an order picking truck by the health and safety officer. This was a 2 hour course which helped me learn many new skills for both driving a truck and health and safety aspects.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at aldi so far. I feel that i have settled in well with the company and have met many different people here and they all treat me with a lot of respect. Also, i feel that i can ask staff above me any questions that i need to help me progress through my time here.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I feel very valued at aldi because of the amount of tasks i am involved with. This is because i have the choice to stay on after my 6 hours a day are complete. This enables me to help out with other tasks that need doing when the picking is complete. Also, i am praised quite often by my managers for the jobs i do. This makes me feel quite responsible and encourages me to believe that i can go far with the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel that the apprenticeship scheme could be improved by having more meetings with the training provider so i can ask my mentor more questions rather than having to wait another month till our next meeting. However when we are referring back to old work that has already been complete, this is very good as my tutor has a portfolio for each apprentice so that our work is not mixed up with each others.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
During my time at aldi i have had 2 different training providers and 3 different mentors. I see these mentors usually around once a month. This could be improved by having more regular meetings with our mentor so that we can ask the questions we need to when we see them. Each mentor has had a good attitude during the meetings. This made me feel quite pleased with how the apprenticeship scheme is been run.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employers support me massively here as they are always asking me how my time here has been. They always offer me the support that i need and have a good attitude. This again makes me feel valued highly at aldi because of how much support they offer to me.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary here is very pleasing here compared to other apprenticeships as they are offering double the amount of many apprenticeship schemes that i have seen and also above the minimum wage for apprenticeships. With the chance of overtime, my monthly salary varies which is good as i can keep a track of how much overtime i do.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because i would be able to help them out along the way if they ever needed any support.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
Be willing to work in a team and individually. Be confident Enjoy your time here.
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