Store Apprentice Ellie Dumont
To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (6th-10th March 2017), Ellie Dumont, an Aldi Store Apprentice, provides an insight into her working life at the Clacton store.
Aldi, one of the most reputable retailers in the global business market today, offers Apprenticeships across three areas of its business; Stores, Logistics and most recently, Driving. They provide a great mix of theory and practical work as apprentices work towards a qualification and a permanent position at Aldi. Since starting the Store Apprenticeship Programme in September 2016, Ellie Dumont, 18, is thoroughly enjoying her role, which has exceeded all of her expectations.
Having gained previous experience from part-time roles in hospitality, Ellie felt her confidence and customer service skills were attributes that helped towards her application. With her sights set on a career in retail management, Ellie knew an apprenticeship would provide her with the experience and qualification to help her reach her goal. She carefully considered a number of apprenticeships to find the right one for her, using the Government website to search for opportunities before eventually choosing Aldi’s scheme for its clear career progression opportunities, development and training.
Ellie said: “Nothing worthwhile comes easy. Although the application process is challenging I would score it 10 out of 10. I felt informed throughout and Aldi was always in contact with me. Naturally I was nervous, so I asked my sister for some advice. She told me to be myself, stay calm and be honest. Opinion matters, so I made sure I was presentable and came across in the best way. The Area Manager, Sam, put me at ease during the interview and I felt confident enough to ask questions.”
She added: “University wasn’t for me as I prefer hands on experience. I feel apprenticeships are now becoming more accepted. Some time ago, apprenticeships were not always seen in the best light, but now I think perceptions have changed and people are seeing how well apprentices can do. I definitely think it’s the way forward if you like to learn on the job, gain experience as well as a qualification and stay close to home.”
A team player at heart, Ellie has been a member of football, netball and basketball teams throughout school so she embraced the transition into the Clacton store team. Ellie said: “I enjoy being part of a team and the best part of my job is my colleagues, we are like a family and we have a close connection - they are the reason I am always happy and stay motivated at work.”
Aldi strives to help young people build their character and their confidence along with providing a clear path to management. Ellie comments: “I am always asked by my Store Manager, ‘Are you confident to do this on your own?’ which is really reassuring. I am also partnered with a couple of other colleagues, so I am able to ask them any questions I may have as I go along. There is great support on the programme and a great sense of team spirit.”
Since starting the programme, Ellie has featured in a video for the business to promote the scheme. She said: “Taking part in the Apprenticeship video has been the most rewarding thing – I am so proud to have been chosen as it gave me the opportunity to share the great experience I have had as an Aldi Apprentice.”
Ellie added: “I would advise anyone thinking of applying for the Aldi Apprentice Scheme to just go for it. It’s really worth it and it opens up so many opportunities. It’s a challenging and demanding role but it’s rewarding - I am proud to be a part of Aldi.”
Aldi’s newest programme, the 12 month Drivers Apprentice Programme, is now open to applicants aged 18 and over. The Stores and Logistics programmes take three years to complete and are open to applicants aged 16 who have received their exam results. Stores and Logistics Programmes Apprentices receive £5.52 per hour (£165 per week) rising to £7.00 in year two and £8.02 in year three (£240 per week). Those on the Drivers Programme receive £9.91 per hour (£297 per week).More Experiences
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