1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role at aldi working as an apprentice involves lots of different tasks that take place in the store. These include working on the tills which means working closely with customers aswell as working with staff in order to ensure enough tills are open to deal with the amount of customers. I also work on shop floor replenishing stock where it is needed and helping keep the store looking tidy and the representation of the store at a high standard in order to keep customers coming back and the company can keep expanding.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes i have developed my communication skills as i work in the store and with people on a daily basis, i believe i have also developed my time keeping skills which is important whilst working at aldi to maintain efficiency of the company and the store running well, i also believe i have learnt how to deal with customers and how to handle them in the correct manner in store. Although i believe i will be learning more management based skills in the next few years to come.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I find it a nice environment to work in and all the staff are very friendly and good to work with. I also work a variety of hours working different shifts and working a variety of days, nights and morning which keeps the job interesting meaning that no 2 days are the same. I also like that the programme is predominantly work based and that i don't have to spend lots of time in a class room anf that i am always busy and feel that my time is not wasted as i learn on the job.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I feel a valued member of staff at aldi playing a big part in the stores running especially working mornings where i'am relied upon to make sure that stock is out on time and that its all represented correctly, also at times where i have to do roles which are important with in the store.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel the programme that i'am on is well organised as i have completed all my work quickly and feel that the way its set up with a tutor coming in is a good change and that the work i do in order to earn my NVQ is well organised and i never feel worried about the work i need to complete or about going into work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I get a large amount of support from my training provider as she regularly rings to check up on how work is going and that everything is ok for me and not just work based, i also have monthly updates where she will come in and watch me work and discuss how i can improve myself at work and help to learn new skills.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I recieve a large amount of support from the manager who is regularly checking up with my progress and that i'am happy with what i'am doing also giving me different shifts so i see all aspects of the store such as having a week on specials to see how that side of the store functions and giving me a taster of what is expected so that in the future i'm prepared to be able to work on them with our haveing to be told what to do and can simply get on with it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is very rewarding meeting my costs that i currently encounter, i also believe it is quite high for an apprenticeship and is even more than minimun wage if i was in a full time job, holiday i'am also allowed is good and meets all the requirements that i need.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There aren't any opportunities outside of work
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because it's a good working environment with varying roles with in the store and can find different sections to suit the right people, the hours are also varied and allow for days off in the week and weekend, finally the opportunity that it holds as there is potential for anyone who is worthy of a job there to work up to being a manager with in a company that is rapidly expanding.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
To work at aldi you have to be prepared to work and put in the hard work that the job requires, which can be rewarding to the people who are willing to put in the work.
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