1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently a store apprentice with Aldi in the North West of England. As a store apprentice I am expected to carry out my job role, like any other store assistant within the store. Being responsible for carrying out every task that I am given with efficiency in a timed manner.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed many skills working with Aldi, mainly my time management and my customer service. I have learnt how to efficiently use my time and therefore accomplish as many goals as possible within a small period of time.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme immensely as the work itself is good fun, the team I work with have been so open and lovely. One great thing about working with Aldi is the company culture as they work extremely efficiently and effectively; highly passing my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Aldi?
I feel very valued by Aldi, receiving constant appreciation from management when they can see a good job has been done by myself. I also am now fully aware and proud of when I do a good job myself and consequently push myself even closer to my limits.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Training as a store assistant for me has been the same as if I were to apply for a store assistant job. At times structure has been poor, however on the whole Aldi have provided excellent organisation and structure to my training.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As much as I am available to ask. My training provider has always been there for me and readily available to help me with any problems I have had; be that inside or even outside of work.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Again as with my training provider. Aldi have never missed an opportunity to support me, whether I have asked or whether they have identified that I need support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Despite being well-paid as far as an apprentice goes, being a 20 year old male I have found it difficult to meet costs with my current salary. The problem mainly being travel costs and I currently work 27.4 miles away from home. However as a whole, for an apprenticeship there we are excellently paid.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Not particularly, only as that is the nature of retail. Many times work colleagues have met and gone to events etc.
9a. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
As they are a strong-standing, passionate and hard working company to work for. Of which if you work hard; you will be rewarded.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aldi? *
Mainly I would advise that whilst applying you focus on the way that you manage your time and the way that you prioritise your workload and work as efficiently as possible.
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