1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Store Apprentices are like normal member of staff in the way they work and the tasks they complete. Things like putting stock out, rotating it correctly, working on till, working in the warehouse and checking of deliveries. You have good communications with managers instore and out of it. You are given lots of responsibility which increases as you progress.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
You recieve a qualification in retail each year, it also gives you a good opportunity to progress within the company or in retail in general. You are also given a chance to show yourself for who you are and this increases your general life skills and attitude.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy working for Aldi and it meets all expectations. Not every day is easy but it is a good programme to be a part of.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
You receive feedback from your direct managers you work with everyday and you also have meetings with personnel managers to discuss your progress. Even if you are an apprentice you are seen as part of the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
You are always learning new things whilst at work and you aren't left to do things first time round alone. The college part of the apprenticeship is clearly structured and easy to understand.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My tutor is always available for any issues I have and is always supporting at both the theory and practical side of my apprenticeship.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
All staff work together as a team and make you feel welcome. The manager may be busy but will always find time to speak to you and help you improve. You are constantly receiving feedback on how you can improve and everyone is interested in helping.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is well above the minimum wage and increases dramatically.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The progress you can make within the company is very rewarding and it is a good company to work for. The salary is better than a lot of jobs for people of this age, and it is also a place of work which is supporting and wants you to be there for the long term. It is hard work but the rewards will certainly pay off.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
It took about a month after first applying to hear about an interview, then after going for a trial a few days after I didn't hear back for two weeks. You are expected to work hard and at unsociable hours so be prepared.
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