1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a training Deputy Manager and I basically perform the role of genuine Deputy Managers, so dealing with Customers, Managing employees, Paper work, safe, etc. But I am constantly being pushed and monitored to do better and be the best Deputy I can be.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes,I've learnt a lot, I've learnt how to manage other employees, how to look after the safe/deal with money, legal obligations in the morning and night i.e. temperature checks, fire alarm checks, etc., I've learnt how to monitor prod and grown as a person. Obviously I have a lot more to learn as its a year course but I wont finish my apprenticeship for another 2 years so there's lots of time for improvement.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Very much, I enjoy the fast pace environment and the amount of responsibility that you're given. You're treated like a deputy and although closely monitored and having constant feedback, I feel like I am a deputy and they don't hold me back from learning everything about the role.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
Very Valued, we are a big team at Aldi and can have a laugh while still having respect for each other and doing our job. They are always keen to award employees for their hard work and my manager treats us all fairly. My manager helps me a lot and puts a lot of effort into me growing with the apprenticeship and is constantly telling me when she's putting me in for training shifts and gives me tasks to do to improve my skills.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
At first there was a bit of a communication error and although I was supposed to start in August I didn't meet them until late December/January, but since meeting my tutor and starting the programme we have gone through it quickly which I like. Sometimes there are communication errors but if you actually do something to get it resolved then it all works out in the end.My training lacked in the first year and at the start of the second but after transferring to a new store my new Manager is amazing at training and I'm so glad I have her there for anything I am struggling with.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
A lot! I have her email and phone number, whenever I need help about booklets, or meeting up or just about the job she instantly reply's within a day and is so helpful and I couldn't ask for a better tutor.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my new manager, she's always there If I have a problem and doesn't mind me texting her to ask about things. All the managers are great and let me get on with my own tasks but always are there to help if I am struggling.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Really well! I have a lot of out goings, especially with owning a car, but Aldi has a great Salary which is more than the minimum wage and allows me to save as well as spending out. My salary goes up every year, just like a normal employee at Aldi which is really motivating and makes you feel appreciated for the work you've done.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
When I came to the new store we were just opening so we did a local parade, and advertised at the local Fair, But other than that we don't have many opportunities out of work except ones that the employees make like how we're getting an Aldi team together to do Tough Mudder this year as a bit of fun. when I'm not working I just do what normal people do at my age, its awkward because the hours are varied so you could be doing a 4am one day and then have a day off and then a 12.30-close, so it's hard to have a life outside of work, especially when your partner lives quite far away so you have to travel, and you can't have a routine because you're not doing the same hours every week.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because although the hours are a bit all over the place it's a great place to work, the people are lovely and welcoming,the pay is great! You can still do things with the money you're on even if it's an apprentice wage,the environment is fast pace and challenging but that makes time go quicker and I prefer it as it's competitive and you're constantly improving! They do not hold back on helping you out and they really appreciate their employers. It's a great place to work and grow with all the opportunities that they can offer.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
Applying to Aldi is competitive, I had group interviews and individual interviews, make sure you stand out without coming across too strong and look representable, when I put my application through I just shone because it was obvious that I wanted to work there and I thought it was an amazing opportunity so make sure that it's something you truly want to do in life not just a job. It's very Physical so if you like fast pace environments, lifting, getting timed on your speed, and being competitive you will thrive from working at ALdi. Make sure you're willing to commit because it is a long course- 3 years, and you will need to stay motivated and keep your game up throughout the 3 years and afterwards because there are constantly new tests and polices you need to keep up to date with. And just make sure it's something that you want to do in life! The only thing I wish I'd been told is the physical side, it's very demanding and you need to be eating the right amount and practicing safe lifting techniques so you don't injure yourself or become ill. But it's a great place to work and like I said, it's a big commitment but if you thrive off hard work and competition you'll do great.
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