1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
To perform the daily tasks of bother an Aldi Store Assistant and a Manager. It involves alot of hard grafting jobs aswell as mentally challenging tasks to keep you occupied and always learning throughout the day. It can range from putting out stock, to sorting out the shifts and the rotas. All this to keep the operations of Aldi rolling and the customers happy.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've uncovered alot about myself that I didn't realise I knew. I've developed how to get the best out of working in a team aswell as boosting my ability to work on my own. I came straight into this job after I left school. It is my first job so it was very challenging to adapt straight away but I feel I was only a curious boy when I first got into the job and have transcended into a well adapted man.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Don't get me wrong there are some very exhausting tasks. However it is they exhausting tasks and challenges that make me enjoy it. I like to build up a sweat and wor hard and always learn. Overall the job is very enjoyable and satisfying. Making a customer happy makes me happy.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
As an apprentice my first year was difficult, I went into the job preparing to do manager roles and be straight away trained as a manager. However this isn't the case as I was trained as a store assistant first for the first year. I felt this really wasn't what I signed up for. I felt undervalued and underused and a part of me felt like trying something new. After my first year was done I was given a shirt a tie and a bit more responsibility however still felt like I wasn't getting trusted with any real manager duties or training. It was only recently when I got a change of manager that I started to feel useful and valued and in the past couple of months I have became a valuable asset to the company and store. My new manager David had faith in me and I don't want to let him down. He is getting the best out of me and very much keeping the wheel turning on my training. David coming in has made my rating of this experience higher than it wouldve been.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
First year was not well structured one bit, the training was all over the place, didn't know how or what I was doing. Was only till I got a change of training personal and manager did that change and the training got under way properly.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My new training provider provides me a lot of support, Joanne keeps me well up to date and makes sure i get all my work completed to the best standard. She also cares how i get on in the work and cares about me as a person which is really comforting.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
First year not alot, it was all sort of all over the place. Again not until my new manager David came in and put trust in me that everyone else sort of jumped on the bandwagon and provided me with the support I needed. My manager and and area manager I feel have a lot of support and hope I succeed to the best of my ability.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I feel the salary is a good apprenticeship salary as compared to other apprenticeships. However for my first year I was on 5.30 an hour, I felt sort of used when I was working for half the wage that a normal store assistant would work when I was doing the same jobs and working just as hard. They are on round about £9. As an independent very fiy 18 year old teenager with a car and the gym to pay for aswell as other costs it did provide alot of difficulty. Being in my second year of £7 an hour it has got a little better but my job has gotten more demanding and I am doing the same jobs sometimes more than most managers which is a little annoying.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I do alot of sports, I play alot of football and I go to the gym everyday. A very well kept boy who always likes to get the best out of himself. I play for the Greenock Juniors and junior football is a big deal. I played for Kilmarnock pro youth growing up so my heart has always been in the football. Who knows. Opportunities are always out there.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Great people. Exhausting yet rewarding job with alot of benefits. For me personally seeing a smile on a customers face once you help them or serve them makes my job worthwhile. Great future in the job. If you ain't afraid to work hard this is the place to be.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
Be prepared to work very hard. Don't be scared to get your hands dirty. Very rewarding making customers happy. If you want to become the best person you can be and develop yourself to become great this is the job for you.
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