Pop into an Aldi store, and you won’t see any dilly-dallying. Our people know what needs to be done, and they just get on and do it. It’s simple really, but it does take lots of drive. But if you’ve got that, our Store Apprenticeship Programmes won’t just give you a great start to our careers it will put you on the right road to success. And if you combine hard work, ambition and an ability to apply yourself to any challenge, you could make it all the way to Store Management.
There are two pathways available for our Stores Apprenticeships:
Career Starter - For applicants with no previous qualifications you can apply for a Level 2 Retailer Apprenticeship which takes around 12-15 months to complete. You will also complete Functional Skills at Level 2 alongside this.
Store Management Apprenticeship - For applicants that already have their GCSE Maths and English grade 4-9 (minimum grade C or equivalent) you can apply for our Store Management Apprenticeship programme. You will complete both Level 2 Retailer and Level 3 Retail Team Leader which takes up to 36 months to complete.
We don’t hang around at Aldi, and neither will you. So from the moment you start, you’ll be straight to it, signing your contracts, meeting your Assessor and completing all the paperwork to enrol onto your qualification.1 (of 24)
On top of your daily duties, you’ll also complete theory work and do a couple of tests. But don’t worry, while you might need to do a bit of revision later down the line, there’s very little you won’t have learnt on the shop floor.2 (of 24)
Throughout the whole programme, your Assessor will pay you a visit every month. This is just to make sure that you’re on course with your programme, and on track to succeed.3 (of 24)
Every three months, you’ll meet up with your Store Manager, Area Manager and Assessor. Again, this is just to make sure you’re on track, and performing well.4 (of 24)
On top of Assessor visits and Quarterly Reviews, you’ll also have Progress Reviews. Less formal than a Quarterly Review, they’re there to give you constant support and feedback about how you’re doing.5 (of 24)
You can get a lot done in ten weeks, but you’ll certainly have to knuckle down to get the Store Assistant role under wraps. If you do, you’ll quickly become a vital part of the team.6 (of 24)
At Aldi, we just couldn’t function if our people only focused on themselves. Which is why you’ll start by learning how to get the most out of working effectively in a retail team.7 (of 24)
No, this isn’t a little Christmas gift – this is all about your store’s stock. From checking levels to sorting out any problems, you’ll discover how to ensure we have the perfect amount of products on the shop floor.8 (of 24)
The major reason we’re doing so well at Aldi is because of our customers. They like us, and we love them. You’ll learn how to give them the best experience around, handling any queries with a confident smile.9 (of 24)
If all's gone well you will now have achieved your Level 2 Retailer qualification. For our Career Starter apprentices you will now move into the Store Assistant role.10 (of 24)
For our apprentices on the Management Development Programme you will be offered a 13-16 month contract and to work towards your Level 3 Retail Management qualification.11 (of 24)
This year, you’ll take on trickier challenges and discover how to lead others. Over the 13-16 months, you’ll work through several units and have regular assessments to check your knowledge and understanding.12 (of 24)
Understanding stock availability and ordering, merchandising, planning for key events – these are just some of things you’ll start to learn in the Management Information unit.13 (of 24)
Now you’re starting to get technical. You’ll learn how to take responsibility for ensuring Aldi standards and procedures are followed, and that everyone’s complying with legislative requirements.14 (of 24)
While all the action happens on the shop floor, it wouldn’t be possible without all the behind-the-scenes buzz. This involves security procedures, regular paperwork, cash handling and banking.15 (of 24)
You’ve already helped to make your store a success, but now you’ll start to understand how to maximise store sales and productivity (which is fancy industry speak for ‘how many hours were needed to run the store’). Simple.16 (of 24)
We treat our people really well so, as a future member of the management team, you’ll learn how to do the same. This is all about understanding the Aldi Management System, and ensuring everyone knows what’s expected of them.17 (of 24)
Yes, you’re still learning, but you can also pass on that incredible new knowledge. In fact, you’ll probably learn a thing or two yourself as you provide a high-standard of training to new and existing members of your team.18 (of 24)
Imagine – someone pops in for their weekend milk and can’t find any. It could result in losing a potential customer. You’ll learn how to ensure we have the highest levels of availability at all times. It’s so important.
Inventory is all about managing our stock. We don’t want any wastage - or any empty shelves. You’ll learn how to make sure all processes are followed, and how to complete all paperwork to perfection.19 (of 24)
In your third and final year, you’ll develop your experience and practice the skills to become a Deputy Manager. With theory work and tests, regular reviews and Assessor visits, you’re coming to the final stages of your Apprenticeship.20 (of 24)
You’ve got some experience now, and it’s time to pass this knowledge on. You’ll be there for the team, leading by example to help them work efficiently and effectively.21 (of 24)
This is about keeping on top of stock and ensuring our available goods are on the shelves and easy to find. That way, you’ll help to satisfy customers, generate sales, and make a real contribution to the success of your store.22 (of 24)
As a leading store figure, colleagues will now come to you for help and advice. Using everything you’ve learnt, you’ll inspire them to deliver the finest customer service around.23 (of 24)
If you exceed expectations, you may be asked to become a Deputy Store Manager. Or – if you’ve really excelled – you may even be offered the opportunity to progress to Assistant Store Manager.24 (of 24)
If you give your absolute best, we’ll make every effort to show our appreciation. That’s why we offer a whole host of benefits.
We like to keep things nice and straightforward. There’s an online application form to highlight your key skills and experience. Once you’ve submitted your application, our recruitment team will screen your answers. If you are successful at this stage, you’ll then be invited to the next stage of the process.
Your Individual Interview or Group Assessment will take place in store with an Area Manager. You'll be asked a series of questions and scenarios relating to the job role you have applied for.
Following a successful interview you'll take part in the 'Aldi Store Experience' where you'll get the chance to observe the different tasks that you would be expected to complete in role.
We know…we’ve mentioned this rather a lot, but it’s important. You have to be the Aldi type to succeed here. You need to be right for us; and we need to be right for you. To make sure everyone’s happy, we’ve put together a structured application process. For the Logistics Apprenticeship Programme, there are four simple steps. And if you ever have any questions - or just need some wonderful words of apprentice wisdom - then watch our helpful application advice videos here. Good luck!
You’ve checked out what we’ve got to offer, met our apprentices and are ready for the challenge. So it’s time to go for it. Apply now or register your interest for future vacancies.
(Make sure you watch our application process videos for some handy hints and tips.)
For our Career Starter- Stores Programme Apprentices do not require any qualifications.
For our Store Management Programme Apprentices will need GCSEs in Maths and English, grade 4 and above (minimum grade C or equivalent).Search for a role
“But what’s it really like?” we hear you say. Well, we could tell what we think until we’re blue in the face. But wouldn’t it be better to hear it from some actual Aldi apprentices? Course it would. Which is why we’ve got Stores Apprentices Adam, Ellie, Freddie and Jay to talk about their experiences. And we’ve even asked one of our Store Managers for some hints and tips. You can watch all of those videos, right here.
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. For our Career Starter programme there are no entry requirements. For our Management Development Programme you will need to have GCSE Maths and English grade 4-9 (minimum grade C or equivalent).
The Career Starter Apprenticeship will take approximately 12-15 months to complete. Our Management Development Apprenticeship programme takes approximately 3 years to complete. In year one, you sign a fixed 12-15 month contract with us. Providing you successfully complete your first year you will progress onto a 13-16 month fixed-term contract and begin year two and three working towards your Retail Team Leader qualification.
You can apply during your final year at school. However, you must be at least 16 and have received your exam results before you start on the Apprenticeship Programme.
We’ll be accepting applications for our Stores Apprenticeship throughout the year as we recruit for our programme all year round.
We accept applications all year round and start dates can be flexible.
Yes. We’re the only retailer who pays our colleagues for their break time.
If a colleague completed a 6-hour shift with a 20 minute break, they might work from 8am to 12pm, then clock out from 12pm to 12:20pm, then finishing the shift at 2pm.
With other employers, the colleague would get paid 5.67 hours for the 6-hour shift at their hourly rate. Salary for shift = 5.67 hours at their hourly rate.
At Aldi, the 20-minute break is paid for, so the colleague would still work 8am to 2pm with a 20-minute break at 12pm to 12:20pm but they would receive payment for the full 6 hours at the hourly rate. Salary for shift = 6 hours at the hourly rate.