Come on, answer honestly. Are you a ‘Can do’ kind of person? Or an ‘Uggghhh, if I really have to’ sort of character? The first will do very well at Aldi. The second wouldn’t make it past the car park.
We’ve enjoyed enormous success by employing talented, hard-working people who really share our ambition and focus. If you want a successful career in retail, this couldn't be a better start.
You’ll be joining the fastest-growing supermarket in the UK today, and you’ll be right at the heart of our operation.
Information for parents and teachers
Aldi is one of the most reputable retailers in the global business market today. With a simple goal of providing great value and quality, using leaner and smarter business processes, we’re a supermarket that’s getting it right. We’re winning all kinds of awards and new stores are springing up all over the country as we rapidly increase our market share.
The things that make us a great retailer, also make us a great employer. There’s a real sense of clarity: everyone knows what’s expected of them and they can see how their efforts fit into the bigger picture. We’re a very responsible company, always treating our people with decency and respect. Progression is based on merit and it’s easy to see how you can achieve personal success. And, perhaps more importantly, we’re really open. Open to fresh ideas and new perspectives that will help us to become even better. It’s a fantastic place for young people who are willing to work hard and learn from the very best.
Our Graduate programmes are often the talk of university campuses. If graduates can prove that they’re tough, innovative and full of initiative, the rewards and development opportunities are unrivalled.
Our Industrial Placements are perfect for degree students who are fascinated by retail and hungry for progression. With a great mix of theory and hands-on experience, this year-long programme gives individuals a rare snapshot of life at Aldi, with the possibility of applying to join our Area Manager programme.
We have excellent opportunities for Apprentices to join our Store or Logistics programmes. It’s not just about financial gain. We can help young people build their character and their confidence, and there’s a clear path to progression. In fact, it’s the kind of springboard that takes ambitious school leavers all the way to Store or Logistics Management.
These links will take you to the relevant pages of our site, but if you need any more information you’ll be able to find plenty at your local Aldi store or careers service.
What can I expect?
There are two kinds of Apprenticeships: Stores and Logistics. Our Store opportunities provide fantastic pathways to success, and if you're really determined you could become a Store Manager. On our Logistics Programme, you'll learn about the flow of goods from supplier to store. It's a rare insight from some of the country's most talented logistics professionals. And when you're learning from the best, who knows where you'll be in a few years' time?
Both Programmes are three years long, with a good hourly salary and the opportunity to join our team on a permanent basis upon successful completion. Many of our Apprentices like the fact that they join a really productive and efficient team, with lots of banter and supportive management to answer any questions or offer advice. Throughout your time on the programme, you'll see how you can step up, and how your efforts are helping you and the business to thrive.
You might be surprised to learn that some of the most successful people in retail today started off as Apprentices. It’s all about spotting potential and providing the right people with the right environment to develop a practical, usable skillset. With hard work, ambition and the ability to apply yourself to any challenge, you could make it all the way to Store Management.
Basically Retail Logistics is all about the flow of goods between suppliers and customers. It’s an incredibly fascinating, complex process and if you want to learn the ins and outs, then this is the programme for you. At Aldi you’ll see retail working at its very best, and you’ll be discovering all the techniques and challenges from some of the most talented logistics people around. During the structured career path there are some real goals to aim for and some exciting opportunities to be had.
We’re good at lots of things at Aldi, but we’re particularly good at looking after our people. Yes, you’ll need to work hard and we expect you to be committed (you know, turning up on time, giving your all, that sort of thing) but we’ll make every effort to show our appreciation. That’s why we offer the following benefits:
Learning from the Best
Aldi tends to attract people who are just incredibly good at what they do. Their enthusiasm, insight and knowledge will rub off on you, you’ll start to spot people who inspire you and eventually you’ll think to yourself ‘I’d like to be like them one day’. It’s a great experience and a solid foundation for building your career on.
The programmes differ slightly in terms of hourly rates and the number of working hours. However, in both cases, we offer some of the best pay in the retail market today (and, believe us, we’ve done our homework) - we offer £5.30 per hour rising to £6.70 in year two and £7.63 in year three.
Real Future Opportunities
All our successful Apprentices are given the chance to join us permanently once their three years are up. By then, you’ll know us really well – and we’ll know what you’re capable of with such a strong set of skills.
28 days’ annual leave (including bank holidays)? Not bad for a beginner. The question is, how will you spend it?
Who we're looking for
We’ve created a short video to help you get a sense of who we are and where we’re going as a business. Perhaps you can imagine yourself here? Once you’ve seen the video, it’s a good idea to try our quiz. It will give you real-life examples of what you could expect as an Apprentice.
Meet our Apprentices
In this section, we wanted to give you a flavour of Aldi life and the role of an Apprentice.
First up, you’ll need to complete our online application form which is designed to assess your core strengths and attitude. If your application is successful, we’ll contact you for a brief telephone interview.
If that goes well, you’ll be invited to a face-to-face interview with an Area Manager or a Section Manager. You’ll also be given an ‘Aldi experience’ in a local store or in a Regional Distribution Centre, depending on your chosen Apprenticeship. It’s a great chance to see what life’s like at Aldi and whether we’re right for each other.
I already have qualifications - can I still apply for the Aldi Apprenticeship scheme?
If you have a degree, you’re not eligible to apply for our Apprenticeship programme. Equally, if you have an existing Level 2 qualification in Retail or Warehousing & Storage, we cannot accept your application as all Apprentices must complete our three-year programme.
At what age can I apply?
You can apply during your final year at high school; however you must be at least 16 and have received your exam results before you start on the Apprentice programme. Above a certain age you’ll need to be able to fund the course yourself. So it’s worth bearing in mind that there is no government funding past the age of 24.
Can you send me an application form?
We receive an awful lot of applications so you can imagine the difficulty in sending out forms to every one of them. All applications need to be made online.
How long does the Apprenticeship programme take to complete?
We offer a three-year Management Development programme. In Year 1, you sign a fixed one year contract with us. Providing you successfully complete Year 1 (according to our expectations) you will progress onto a two-year fixed term contract and begin Years 2 and 3 working towards an Advanced Apprenticeship.
If I have worked for Aldi before can I still apply for an Apprenticeship?
Yes, you can.
I currently work for Aldi, can I still apply?
If you are currently employed by Aldi, the first step is to discuss your application with your Store Manager.
Will I attend college to complete my qualification?
All of your Apprenticeship training with Aldi will be completed in store. Your assessor will visit you every four weeks to monitor and review your progress. We might need you to go to college to take your exams.
Can I reapply should I be unsuccessful?
As long as you meet our application criteria, you're able to reapply when we do the next intake.
Am I guaranteed a job at the end of my training?
As long as you perform to a high standard and successfully achieve your qualification, you’ll be offered a permanent position at the end of your training.
Do I have to pay my own tax and National Insurance?
No - Aldi staff are not and have never been classed as self employed.