1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
During the store apprenticeship course, you will be based within one of Aldi’s many stores. It is a 3 year long scheme where you achieve both a NVQ Level 2 AND 3. The level 2 Course lasts one year and you are a store assistant for this time, to develop an understanding and enchance skills during this time. The next two years you are in management training acting as a deputy manager within the store. You do everything from, allocating jobs, ensure the shop runs smoothly, monitoring performance, safe handling, helping meet KPI’s.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have confident in managing people and know what is takes to make sure a retail company is running successfully.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I very much enjoy my job, there is never a boring or dull moment.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I feel like I’m a well respected part of the management team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It did go through a few hiccups as the training provider went into administration but this is all sorted know and have found a long term comfortable training provider. The assessors are great. Also, there is a training plan to adhere to so you know if you’re ahead of behind.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
They are always happy to answer your queries via text/email. Store visits are roughly every 3 weeks and are very supportive and helpful.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
You feel like a very valued member of the team and do everything in their power to help you.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well. It rises each year and In currently on £8.05 an hour... which for an apprentice is fantastic.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
They try their best to give you a good work/life balance and give you the days off you require. But it is retail and sometimes these aren’t always possible.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Aldi is a great company to work for with a lot of prospects for higher management from a young age.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
If you don’t like hard work, this isn’t for you. It is well paid so it isn’t a push over. You need to have a willingness to work and a good attitude will get you a long way. Don’t moan or drag your feet if you get stuck with a task that isn’t very pleasing... this gets noticed and the good attitude can see you progress far up the management ladder
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