1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is to emulate a deputy manager in store. I am to aid the assistant and store managers in all of their duties and take over or control particular responsibilities if need be. I am to ensure the store runs smoothly and do everything I can to improve the store and increase sales.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned management skills within a team and personal management skills. I have developed my own ability to think under pressure and adapt immediately to changing situations and still complete my requirements.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme very much, I like the challenges I face on a day to day basis and enjoy having to constantly adapt to new situations. The programme has helped me develop as a person and given me a real outlook on a strict working life from a young age.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I feel valued by Aldi because they're always on top of any problems any staff member may have. They are a flexible and fair company and always put the staff needs first. There are a number of levels above me and anyone at those levels I feel very comfortable talking to and everyone is easily approachable.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well structured more now than at the start. Gradually as Aldi has grown the structure has improved vastly. I feel my progress is monitored and everyone is there to help me achieve the goal.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive plenty of support from my training provider, and am constantly reminded that if I have any questions that I should feel able to ask. If ever they or I feel I need to improve on an area then it is dealt with in a timely manner.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer helps me along with my training and makes sure I am comfortable in work. We have frequent updates about my progress or where I need to improve and a plan is always made with new targets to help me push myself.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary meets my costs well, it does look over you that you are earning less than others and essentially have to do more but it is all for a greater cause. Once you look at the higher picture it doesn't seem so bad.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
My apprenticeship offers me a lot outside of work, it has helped me develop as a person and with the qualification I will earn, the possibilities for me are vast.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a good challenging working environment and always changing. You never get to the point where you are doing the same thing day in day out, and of course it pays rather well.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
Come into Aldi with expectation of a challenge. Starting off is a hard job and it isn't for everyone but if you can get your head right with everything you learn there is a possibility you will end up with a very good career in the future.
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