Apprenticeships

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About Us

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 one of the fastest growing supermarkets 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 Programme is 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, Logistics or Driver 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 to expect?

There are three kinds of Apprenticeships: Stores, Logistics and Drivers. 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. For our Drivers, we start at the very beginning – helping you to get the necessary licences to drive our HGVs. But it’s not all about being on the road, you’ll also get involved with loading and unloading deliveries which, trust us, takes some skill.

And when you're learning from the best, who knows where you'll be in a few years time?

The Stores and Logistics Apprenticeships are three years long, while our Drivers Programme is just one year. But all of our Apprentices have the opportunity to join our team on a permanent basis upon successful completion. Many of them 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. Plus, with a mix of on-the-job training and theory work across all of our programmes, you’ll gain invaluable qualifications.

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  • Stores Programme

    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.

  • Logistics Programme

    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.

  • Drivers Programme

    This is not just about getting from A to B. Yes, you’ll be on the road a lot but it’s so much more than that. It’s about loading 6-foot pallets as effectively and safely as possible, making sure the weight is distributed evenly across the vehicle. And then efficiently unloading them at the stores, so we’re always running a smooth operation. With great camaraderie and a lot of responsibility, you’ll learn from the best, feel really valued and have all the support you could need.

Benefits

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. 

  • What you'll earn

    The programmes differ slightly in terms of hourly rates and the number of working hours. For our Stores and Logistics Programmes we offer £5.52 per hour rising to £7.00 in year two and £8.02 in year three. And if you join our Drivers Programme, you’ll get £9.91 per hour.

  • 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. 

  • Holiday Allowance

    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.

  1. Question One

    Your store’s crazy-busy one cold, wet December. Even with an efficient and talented team, it’s still a really busy time and you’re already working extra hours this week. Your Manager calls to see if you can start your shift a few hours early. Would you:

  2. Question Two

    Snow, snow and more snow... In fact, the lorries are struggling to get into the car park and unload pallets for the next day’s trading. You’ve just finished a 10-hour shift. What’s going through your mind?

  3. Question Three

    Your store’s just had a big extension and tomorrow is ‘the big reveal’. The Area Manager’s looking for a big splash to get a bit of press attention. What do you do?

  4. Question Four

    An elderly customer has just bought a flatscreen telly. What would you say to her?

  5. Question Five

    Our customers love our weekly Specialbuy products, and they've definitely got their favourites. A lady is wandering around looking for last week’s garden furniture offer. She seems quite distraught when you say 'we’ve sold out'. What do you do?

Meet our Apprentices

In this section, we wanted to give you a flavour of Aldi life and the role of an Apprentice.

Retail and Logistics Apprentices

  • Step One

    Online Application Questions such as ‘What hours are you looking for?’ will help us see if you’re right for the opportunities we have. We’ll also test key skills such as mental arithmetic, judgement or memory. 

  • Step Two

    Screening Once you’ve submitted your application, our recruitment team will screen your answers. If you are successful at this stage, you will then be invited to the next stage of the process.

  • Step Three

    Individual Interview in store or the regional Distribution Centre with an Area Manager or Section Manager. Then you’ll take part in the ‘Aldi Experience’ where you’ll demonstrate how you would perform in role. 

Driver Apprentices

  • Step One

    Online Application We like to keep things nice and straightforward. There’s an online application form to highlight your key skills and experience

  • Step Two

    Assessment Face-to-face sessions will often include some skills tests. It’s important to do a bit of homework, so that you know about our company and the challenges we face in such a fast-moving business.

  • Step Three

    Driving Assessment Our training provider will take you out for a Driving Assessment to assess your potential for the Driver Apprenticeship role.

  • Step Four

    Final interview If that goes well, you’ll have an interview to discuss the personal strengths you can bring to the role.

FAQs

  • What are the minimum requirements I need before submitting an application?

    You need to be conscientious, ambitious and able to do things without being asked. You should have bags of common sense and can take responsibility for yourself. You need GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English grade C and above. For our Drivers Programme, you’ll also need a clean and full UK Driving Licence.

  • How long does the Apprenticeship take to complete?

    For our Stores and Logistics Apprenticeships we offer a three-year Management Development Programme. In Year 1, you sign a fixed 12-month 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. Unlike our Stores and Logistics Apprenticeships, the Drivers Programme is just 12 months long.

  • At what age can I apply?

    You can apply during your final year at school; however for our Stores and Logistics Programme you must be at least 16 and have received your exam results before you start on the Apprenticeship. To join our Drivers Programme, you need to be aged 18 and over.

  • When can I apply?

    We’ll be accepting applications for our Stores and Logistics schemes between March and October 2017. While for our Driver Apprenticeship, you can apply from 31st October until 30th November 2016.