1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a store apprentice which means I have a similar job description to a store assistant. on a daily basis I will rotate stock, work the deliveries, working on a till and keeping the store tidy and safe for customers.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned how to work in retail. How to rotate stock to minimize waste, how to communicate well with customers and how to work in a fast paced environment.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my apprenticeship as I get on with everyone in the store. I find if I am having any trouble there is always someone there to help. I've also had a lot of training so I can understand how to work efficiently in different areas of the store. When I first started I was worried I wouldn't be able to get the hang of it but everyone's been patient with me and are happy to help.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I am always getting feedback on how well I am doing my job from the managers and so far it has been very positive. I also find I am getting on well with the whole team and there a=hasn't been any problems.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
As my program is split into the different units it makes it easier for me to understand. Any questions I have had have been organised in those units so I can clearly see my progression. For me, it is easy to understand after just a little explaining from my area trainer.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I think I get a good level of support from my area trainer. She's always explained things well to me and worked around me to make the most of the time without putting me behind with my tasks on the shop floor. If I have any questions she is just a call away.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I am always asked on how I feel I am progressing with my apprenticeship as well as given feedback from the store manager. Although some of the managers aren't sure what the apprenticeship involves they're always happy to help. If I have any questions and one manager cant help there is always another who can. Everyone supports me and the don't treat me any different from the rest of the team for being an apprentice.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is very good for an apprenticeship and as I am still living at home I find there's no problems for me financially. I am able to pay monthly costs because I work 30-40 hours a week. Although as it is a low salary in general I don't think id be able to move out any time soon as it then would not cover my monthly costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As I work long hours a week I tend to spend my days off recovering before I go back however there is the rare occasion we go out for a work night out and get together after a shift.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because they are great team to work for. As long as you do your job well they will accommodate you if you need any days off or would like any extra hours.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
It isn't as difficult as you might think. Everyone who works for Aldi has been in your shoes before and the will do anything the can to help and welcome you into the team!
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