1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Work at Aldi consists of multiple roles during day-to-day work. One minute I could be operating a till whilst the next I could be under a tight time restriction to work a delivery. My job is to work quick and efficiently, whilst also maintaining the highest level of customer service.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Aside from college work and gaining knowledge of working in retail; Aldi has given me hands on experience and skills for working as part of one of the fastest growing retailers in the country. I have developed more confidence than I ever thought I would, and am pushed every day to exceed expectations and make the huge jump into management, whilst also having the full support of the Aldi team.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Working as part of the team and enduring a fast-paced work is exactly what I love. The competitiveness to complete tasks as quick and efficient as possible drives me to succeed and makes the work more enjoyable. Whilst working for Aldi was harder than I imagined, after a few months experience I have developed hugely and the rewards are beginning to show.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I am recognised by managers constantly for how I have developed from working for Aldi. Managers take into account my strengths and weaknesses and act accordingly to make me into the best I can be.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme involves a member from College to visit yourself in Store and observe you and help you complete college work. There is no pressure from the training provider; even if you are having an off day it will not reflect badly on you. The college also runs tests, and even if these are missed through work or illness, they make supervisions to rearrange the tests so you get the full support you need.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Full support- the training provider at college contacts me regularly and is only a text/email away if I have any concerns at all.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
At work, the same principles follow and I would be comfortable speaking to any manager if necessary.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Whilst being on the first year of the course, I have been able to gain my drivers license, run a car and enjoy a holiday with new work-mates, as well as several nights out. Whilst on occasions you can feel undervalued doing the same work as another staff member who is on a significantly higher wage, you can remember that your pay increases dramatically each year and that you have the greatest opportunity to develop into management. You can also ask for more hours if you have something coming up.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is an event twice a year where Aldi pays for a staff night out. Last time we went for an expensive mean (paid for by Aldi) then half of us stayed out in the town for drinks (which weren't paid for). Other than this there is not much else
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because the wage in comparison to other apprenticeships is good, the team I work with is amazing and the fast-paced work is rewarding. It gives a fantastic experience and developed me hugely.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
Be confident! There was an assessment day which consisted of presentations and stuff everybody hates! But everybody was in the same boat, just be confident and give it your all. During the interview, stress how much you enjoy hard work and are a competitive person; hands-on and with a 'never say die' attitude.
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