1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is, Management apprentice. The Aldi team are very hard working and are known to be 'fast' on the tills and also for putting stock out onto the shop floor. My daily tasks change on a daily basis depending on the shifts I am working. The daily tasks involve, working deliveries with other members of the team, working on a till, tidying and cleaning the shop floor such as taking empty card off the shelf's and sweeping the floor or even emptying the bins.
I have more responsibilities than a Store Assistant, I am part of the management team. I'm a step higher than the Store Assistants and get involved in all management responsibilities such as, handling the safe key, giving staff tasks to complete, completing office paperwork, handling any health and safety issues, opening and closing the store.
This Apprenticeship takes a lot of effort and hard work, which involves a 25 hour contract which alongside coursework.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The Aldi apprenticeship is for three years and are trained in all aspects of retail management. Year one is about learning to be a store assistant and years two and three is about progressing to a manager and learning the job role. Within these three years which I have nearly completed, I have also passed my maths and English (city and guilds) along the way.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Working for Aldi is harder than people expect, you are pushed to give it your best every day. I have met some great people, who are a great team. I do enjoy working for Aldi and being an apprentice is what I woud recommend to anybody who wants a good career.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I am appreciated as a Manager. I get involved within the management team and get appreciated.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Before I started my apprenticeship I had a induction day that explained everything I needed to know. My area manager had regular meetings with my store manager about my progress and also put a work plan into place with training hours. my college tutor comes to see me regularly and I have only had to attend college twice in 3 years.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
This programme is organised, my tutor visits me at my work place every month and helps me with any coursework that I am struggling with.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My store manager has put a training plan in place to ensure I get the training I need. If I am struggling with any coursework, he is always happy to help. my manager gives me feedback regularly.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is great for my age(18), my income is approximately £800-£900 a month on level 3. The store is quite close to my home. The area managers are understanding if you would like to move to a different store.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I would not say there are many opportunities outside of work for me, before I started working for Aldi I was at school while working at a café.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Aldi is a great way to progress. I think this is great for my future, as I would like to get a mortgage. It is great pay also. I would love my friends to get the great opportunity I did.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
I would advice to look into the history of Aldi, the company likes the fact that you have took the time too look into the background. Be prepared for a challenge.
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