1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As I am in the first year of my apprenticeship my role is of a store assistant at Aldi. This year we are focusing on undertanding the basics of retail. On a day to day basis, my role is being the frontline for customer service, undertaking delivery and working at the tills.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
This apprenticeship has helped me develop my confidence in working both in a team and by myself. As aldi's culture is all about efficiency, this apprenticeship has helped me develop work quickly and learn to proirtise and use problem solving to get my duties completed .
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy working in a team which this apprenticeship allows me to do. I think this apprenticeship is challenging and does push you alot however i enjoy that because it allows me to do prove to myself that I can achieve more than I think.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I do feel valued as a me me her of Aldi. Since starting the programme, our Area Managers regularly visit the store as always ask how I am getting on and how I feel about the programme.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
When I first joined the apprenticeship, I believed it to be well structured as I knew what was exspected of me and where i was with the programme . However, now that I have been the for a quite a few months I was told that we were starting our Managment training early which confused me as i thought that would not be starting for another few months. We now have the uniform of a Deputy Manager get without the responsibility. Its a bit confusing .
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider is very supportive and has regular contact with me. She makes sure that if i have any issues i may have, gets sorted and that i am enjoying it still.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support for our employers and the managers are great. They are always giving us little tips and hints on how to become better and improve and give us the opportunity to progress.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For the amount of money I have to pay out per month, £5.40ph is quite tight however comparing it to what id be on at another apprenticeship, being on £3-£4ph , the wages is alot better.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Not really.. All our work is done in work and not much is really avalibale to do outside of work. I did go on a management course at at hotel for a day however that was only once. I did enjoy it alot so mote opportunities would be great.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
They work out hard but i think it gives you some good transferable skills and they treat your fairly and the wage is reasonable.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
Make sure that you are ready to be pushed and work outside of your comfort zone. Working at Aldi is full on all day, no matter what shift you are on, there is no "easy" day. However it means that the day never gets boring and there is always something to be done and keeps you fit!
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