1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Store apprentice for Aldi on there 3 year apprentice management program. I am in my first year so at the moment i am training and testing my metal as a store assistant to see if i am good enough for the 2-3rd years as a manager. I have been trained in all the shop floor rolls working delivery, date checks, being on the till, cleaning, and all the bits in between.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am heading towards a retail qualification level two in the first year and level 3 in the second and third years. This job has increased my work rate and helped me improve my time management. I have learned how to be a key team player and ways in dealing with customer service. And theirs plenty to come in the next two years.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy all aspects of the job, the work, the people, the environment and the company. I feel challenged all the time and helping customers gives me a buzz. I am enjoying every minute of it.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
Err i don't know how Aldi as a whole values me but i get recognition of all the management when im doing well and help if i am not. i get asked for input on different matters and even the area manager asked me for input on a matter that he didn't need too.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The meting with your tutor are in work time and if its busy the management might not let you off the shop floor when you need too. But apart from that its all well structured and done in advance around you.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
If i need anything, help or advice or if i have a problem there are so many people who can help. Management, tutor, Collage support and even Aldi have a support helpline.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As much as i need. All i need to do is ask.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Most apprentices take home £2 odd Aldi pays a basic £5.15 to 16 year old's and more. you can get pay rises on the course (over time and double time). I am 21 and i get £6.75 that's more then some people in full time employment.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Aldi provides every store money to organise nights out (fish nights) to promote team work and give you some relax time.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Its a fast growing company that rewards people on how hard work, not who you know. There are opportunities to grow and be successful. There friendly and they don't demand the impossible. you get 28 days holiday a year and there flexible.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
Sell your self. Be forward and confident in everything you do. Show them how hard your willing to work and how much you want it. Be straight forward and don't lie.
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