1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Management Apprentice at Aldi Yarm. I am trained on a daily basis how to be a deputy manager at any of the companies stores. Yarm is my home store and the store i am situated closest to. I do everything from Stocking Shelves to Being in charge of the Tills and Staff.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I Will be going out to learn from external courses over the next few months, mainly health and safety in management and teamwork. I have an NVQ L2 from my first year of my apprenticeship and come the third and final year i will have completed a NVQ L3 in Retail Skills
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I Love it, i love working as a team and getting respect from staff even though i have been there a lot less than some of them. they respect what i am there to do and understand what i will be getting taught to do. The company is very demanding in terms of work, they expect a lot from you but thats what you've got to expect yourself from a company that is taking the UK Retail Industry by storm.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I feel very valued by Aldi, they have rewarded us many times for our hard work with Vouchers off in store and paid for nights out and a store to help with team building.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My first year was excellent and i had my qualification finished months before the year ended, but this year is going very slowly because they decided to use a different company for the training and for the qualification provider.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Next to none as i have not seen her yet and its 8 months into my second year.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my employer, he encourages me all of the time and wants me to be the best he can make me. so that when i finish my apprenticeship i'll be his go to guy for most things he needs help with.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It is very good. my wage is significantly larger than most apprenticeships out there. Aldi values its apprentices very much.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is plenty of opportunities outside of work, a lot of staff will arrange things with each other like going for get togethers or for nights out. but we have one event every year that the company pay for where we go for a meal and a drink and a good laugh. it helps with team bonding a lot.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because if they're hard working and thrive from said work they will love it at Aldi. the company has everything a hard worker would want.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
I know Aldi pays well as a retail company but they do it in good stead because you are made to work for it. if you don't enjoy hard work then this isn't the job for you.
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