1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Aldi store apprentice. Daily tasks include providing customer service on the tills, working fast and efficiently on the shopfloor, Checking off and putting out delivery, till training 18 staff.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I will earn three sets of qualifications which will result in me having a full deputy manager title. I have learnt how to provide exceptional customer service and speed working on the shop floor and the tills. My interraction with other people and customers on a day-to-day basis has really shaped me into the apprentice I am today.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I highly enjoy the motivation of working for such a fast paced company. It is a challenge but that is what drives me to work even harder and faster. I never saw myself working in a retail environment but after starting my apprenticeship at Aldi, that completely changed!
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
My work is appreciated by all members of staff including the Store Manager, Assistant Managers and the deputies. I enjoy the responsibility of having the permission to till train new employees as that is a task for management only.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is clear what work is required to be completed inside the workplace and in terms of coursework. The apprenticeship tutor is extremely helpful and organised when it comes to providing assistance for coursework. I feel that me being in charge of the first year apprentices shows a good level of team hierarchy.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive exceptional amounts of support from my training provider when I don't understand the coursework or projects at hand. I enjoy getting the feedback from my coursework as it helps me understand what I need to improve on and what I'm doing at a good standard already.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I reveive a lot of support and good, positive morale from the employer as they are always asking how my coursework and apprenticeship workshops are going and they show a lot of interest.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary compared to most other apprentices is much more significant. I really can not complain with the salary as I'm getting more hours than most other employees. Even though I get paid less than them, the amount of hours of work I receive does add up.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There aren't really many company events apart from individual birthday outings or the annual Christmas meal which us employees organize ourselves. However, Aldi have introduced free gym memberships with selected gyms to help keep all of our staff fit and healthy.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would feel that a friend would have just as great of an experience working at Aldi as I have, and the qualifications are just as rewarding as the work itself! You feel a great sense of responsibility with the work that you do.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
Apply online as it is quicker and easier for the Area Manager to review your Curriculum Vitae. Work hard and fast if you do get a trial and continue doing the exact same if you got the job there. Doing so will provide you a higher chance of the store manager seeing management potential within you and your work.
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