1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role in the store is to work to my full capability at all times remaining professional, efficient and as enthusiastic as possible. As an apprentice I do not have many responsibilities yet I am expected to work to a degree of the deputy manager role. This involves not only completing my tasks to an excellent standard but checking over fellow employees work and giving feedback to them. Also one of my roles is to assist any other members of staff when neccassery and report any issues or feedback to either the store manager or an ASM. Overall I help the shop to run smoothly and keep the cogs turning efficiently.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned a lot of skills whilst working with Aldi, I have developed more confidence and people skills by working in a close knit team. Also, I have developed how to logically order tasks, and have became better at on the spot problem solving.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love working at aldi, although it took a while to settle in I believe I am now a valued member of staff and always give 100%. Receiving positive feedback really motivates me and others around me. I also like the fact every task has a target so you know how well you are doing and find it easy to monitor my progress.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I feel as though now I am part of the night team I am valued a lot. Recently recieving a lot of positive feedback on my work makes me also feel valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well structured. Aldi is a very well managed company and constant meetings to carry on with tracking progress helps me believe that the structure is very beneficial. I think that the business is also very organised and this helps me gain information on how I'm doing and personal satisfaction.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I find that the training provider (external company) is quite vaige but I never struggle with the accademical side of the programme. I also receive good feedback on all of my written work. Saying that, I believe that the training provider would support me 100% whenever I need help or aid in my work as they are very friendly.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Aldi give me a lot of feedback and support. If I have any problems my store manager is quick to help me solve the problems I have and also motivate me.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Not very well. First year I struggled as the pay was very low, as expected from the apprenticeship. Having to pay for a car to travel to work, rent , petrol and general living costs leaves me with not a lot of money to myself. This has been bad at times but looking forward to pay rises in the future.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
My training support company have advised me on things I can do outside of work as I wouldn't mind doing a degree at some point in the future to further my studies. I believe that Aldi would back me if I had any issues or even recommend opportunities to me if and when possible.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
They are a great company to work for. Very close knit team that makes you feel valued, and also you leave work with a sense of achievement when you have hit all your targets for that day, if the only there was more positive feedback.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
To remember to be efficient as possible and to learn a bit about the company first would be beneficial as it helped me gaining a good start with the company, therefore I would advise people to do research and revision if applying.
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