1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My position is considered a store assistant, day to day I will mostly attend to freezer stock but alternative tasks between such as bread back-stock, produce and checking for any shop floor off-sales will be carried out. I deal with customer quires frequently throughout the week providing the best customer service I have to offer. Other less frequent duties, but imperative are carried out such as cleaning up spillages, recording wastage and ordering price cards. My prime responsibility is the freezer, making sure there are no off-sales, products without price card and gaps between products.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Most importantly my people skills has developed dramatically, once considering myself a shy person but now an interactive social person who enjoys communicating with people. Other skills suck as working with others in a team has improved as Aldi is just one big team.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
At first it felt overwhelming but over time I have just felt more and more like part of the team, I enjoy the experience of talking to new people and also getting to know the regular customers. This type of work is not for everyone but it is for me.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
Countless times I have been praised for my hard work by managers and other members of staff for the hard work i have put in but to feel valued to must make yourself a valuable member off staff by working to your full potential every day, yes I do feel valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
In terms of the times your being assessed by your assessor it is structured well, other times when u are attending a normal day at work its you along with the other staff doing the tasks that you've been given and if u consider structure as in the managers plans for staff throughout the day its well structured. But the seems to be a weak connection between the assessor and the manager but this does not affect me in anyway because my manager takes regular interest in my apprenticeship.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My assessor is very supportive and seems to enjoy coming to see how i am doing which makes all the difference, we get on and have interactive conversations about how I am doing.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support is certainly there if I need it but I don't, but staff regularly ask how the apprenticeship is doing.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am 100% happy with the wages, considering the the other gains the apprenticeship has to offer im happy
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are but I haven't yet considered anything.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because it pays well, give you useful qualifications if you are interested in retail and provides a huge development in everyday life skills that will improve your life. It has matured me as a person, given me more confidence and most of all the benefit of making new friends.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
Only apply if u are sure u want a career in retail and your willing to work hard, if your not a people person so what just go for it and break the ice because its thinner than you would have ever thought.
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