Industrial Placements

About Us

Well, let’s talk about you first. You’re still studying hard at uni and you've got a strong inkling that retail’s your thing. This is a chance to learn the inside scoop on one of the fastest-growing companies in the world. In case you hadn’t heard, Aldi is riding on the crest of a wave right now as a company that’s eating up market share with an impressive sales growth. We are different, we don’t follow the crowd. And one thing’s certain, we’re getting it right. 

For those students currently studying on a degree course that allows you the opportunity to spend a year in industry then this will be a challenging and eye-opening introduction to retail life. We’ll give you a surprising level of responsibility, but with plenty of support (in fact, many Placement Students notice the ‘family feel’ straight away). There are fast rotations around the business and a chance to express your ideas and perspective along the way. 

It’s not for everyone, but that’s okay. We only want the people who are hard-working, passionate and quick-thinking. We’ve built our business on a very clear sense of who we are and where we want to be. We hope you’re the same. 

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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 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 school, Aldi store or careers service.

A Year Like No Other. Explore the images to see what happens in your first 12 months.

  • Day 1

    This is all about settling into Aldi, signing your contract and meeting the Store Operations Director who will take you through your induction.

    Day 1

  • Weeks 1-2

    You'll start off with an induction from the Area Manager, who will walk you through how we operate and why we're the UK's fastest-growing discount retail brand.

    Weeks 1-2

  • Weeks 3-14

    Retail in detail. For the next 11 weeks, you'll roll up your sleeves and get to know exactly what happens in our stores. You'll learn about everything from stacking shelves and ordering stock to operating the till and serving customers.

    Weeks 3-14

  • Weeks 15-16

    Time to relax. A well-earned two weeks' holiday. Enjoy yourself!

    Weeks 15-16

  • Week 17

    A chance to work alongside the Area Manager and demonstrate your new-found skills and knowledge. They'll show you our Stores from a fresh perspective, and you'll see what goes into multi-site management.

    Week 17

  • Weeks 18-22

    Store Management. You'll spend these weeks shadowing the Store Manager and experiencing just what a challenging, rewarding and stimulating role they have. You'll learn how to lead a successful team and create an environment where people feel really motivated.

    Weeks 18-22

  • Week 23

    Out with an Area Manager. Again, a great chance to experience all the different skills and qualities that an Area Manager needs.

    Week 23

  • Weeks 24-26

    More Store Management. You'll be there on the front line, seeing how things need to be run in such a fast paced, team environment.

    Weeks 24-26

  • Week 27

    Holiday time again. Already? Time flies at Aldi, particularly when you're learning so much, so quickly.

    Week 27

  • Weeks 28-32

    Even more Store Management. Well you're almost an old hand aren't you? Your remit now includes ordering our award-winning stock. If necessary, you might be asked to stand in for the Store Manager. This time also coincides with the festive period, so you'll get to see Christmas from a totally different angle. It'll be crazy, but lots of fun.

    Weeks 28-32

  • Weeks 33-35

    Working alongside the Area Manager once more to gain extra insight and expertise from the very best.

    Weeks 33-35

  • Week 36-38

    Logistics time. Efficiency has always been the name of the game at Aldi and a cornerstone of our success. At this point in your programme, you'll learn everything from streamlining distribution to vehicle tracking and routing. This is one of the key pillars of retailing.

    Week 36-38

  • Weeks 39-40

    Financial Administration. We've built our business on delivering quality products at low prices, so who better to give you advice and special training on balancing the books? It's essential you understand the fundamentals if you want to make a name for yourself at Aldi. And this is an invaluable part of your training.

    Weeks 39-40

  • Weeks 41-43

    Trading know-how. You'll sir in on high-level trading meetings and discover how to order products on a larger scale, looking at key events and trends in retail. You'll also gain an insight into how we negotiate prices and maintain healthy (and profitable) supplier relationships. The intricate world of quality control will certainly feature heavily. Quality is everything to us, and you need to know how we approach and maintain this.

    Weeks 41-43

  • Week 44

    Property. You'll spend a week with the property department to see how we decide where to build our new stores. Importantly, you'll gain an insight into how these projects work, from identifying a site that's for sale to the say that a new store opens.

    Week 44

  • Week 45

    Kick back and relax on another holiday. It's time to reflect on how much you've learned and experienced so far.

    Week 45

  • Weeks 46-47

    More time with the Area Manager. Your last couple of weeks with the Area Manager are really about fitting all the pieces together. By now, you'll have a more holistic view of all the departments within a region. This is your chance to spend some time seeing how everything works as a complete (and extremely busy) business.

    Weeks 46-47

  • Weeks 48-52

    Project Work. Our Regional Directors will set you a challenging project that will allow your new skills to shine. Primarily, you'll show how you can apply your knowledge to real-life situations. Impress us, and you'll be offered the chance to apply for a place on our Area Manager Training scheme.

    Weeks 48-52

Benefits

The main benefit will of course be the chance to learn about retail. This is an invaluable insight into how we tick; how we’ve changed from being just ‘a discount store’ into one of the fastest-growing companies in the world. What’s more, when someone gives you the keys to a store and says ‘you’re in charge’, you tend to learn rather a lot about yourself. Do you panic and run away screaming? Or do you find your retail backbone, drum up support from the rest of the team and lead your store to victory? 

While it’s true we ask a lot of our people, we also reward them well. We offer a £25,000 salary for the 12 months you spend with us. 

You’ll also receive 4 weeks annual leave, plus bank holidays. And if it all goes well, you’ll have the chance to apply for (big drum roll)… our award-winning Area Manager Training programme.   

  • Competitive salary

  • Area Manager opportunities

  • 20 days' leave

Who we're looking for

We wouldn't be this successful without recruiting strong-minded, brave people to share our ambitions. We do have quite a specific culture. You’ll be learning your craft in a well-managed, efficient environment where everyone works in harmony with a combined sense of purpose. Responsibilities are crystal clear and everyone knows what’s expected of them. To maximise your potential in this kind of culture, you'll need a particular set of qualities:

  • A 2:1 degree

    This shows us you’re not only bright and committed but you have a strong work ethic. You’re excited by every new challenge that comes your way. Plus you've got the commitment to work a 50-hour week, which will include weekends.

  • Focused, resourceful and ready to drive productivity

    You’re always mindful of the bigger picture and can see how your efforts directly affect Aldi’s success. You’re a tough and resilient character.

  • That extra ‘sparkle’

    Bursting with charisma, you influence people around you with your passion and ideas. But you also treat your colleagues with decency and respect; you understand that we’re stronger together

  • A driving licence

    Finally, if you don’t have a driving licence you’ll be positively beaming in your new car, yet rather stationary. Could be embarrassing.  

Meet our Placement students

So what is it really like? The video features one of our rising stars who wants to tell you just how thrilling and challenging an Aldi placement can be.

Where are we?

With new stores opening all the time, we’re here, there and everywhere. We’ll do our best to place you with a store that’s close to home, although there will be occasions when you’re asked to travel. We divide the UK into regions. Each one consists of a distribution centre and between 50 and 100 stores. The regions operate autonomously, with their own team of Directors, Administration staff and Logistics teams.

  • Bathgate

    With our Scottish distribution centre opening in 2004, our store numbers have gone from strength to strength. We stock over 200 items in our Scottish stores that you won’t find in the UK. 25% of our product range is actually sourced in Scotland, with great products that include haggis and Scottish cod.

  • Darlington

    Opening in 1995, Darlington is one of our most established regions. From Newcastle to York and Sunderland, we cover the entire North and North-East of England. With no less than 55 wonderful Aldi stores, we’re keeping lots of customers happy - and lots of staff, too. Darlington’s Managing Director has been with us for over 25 years, which is a true testament to what’s on offer at Aldi.

  • Middleton

    This region was opened as our second distribution centre, back in 1991. It might cover the smallest geographical area, but it’s still incredibly busy due to the density of stores that opened in the City of Manchester and its surrounding areas. In 2016, this distribution centre will be relocated to Bolton to a brand-new, purpose-built site.

  • Neston

    This region opened in 2006 and covers a vast area: Liverpool, the Western coastal areas and Cheshire. We even share responsibility for Wales, looking after the Northern part of the country.

  • Atherstone

    We’re rather fond of this region, as this is where it all began for Aldi in the UK. Our very first store opened in Stechford (Birmingham) on 5th April 1990. Our Corporate Head Office functions, including IT, Corporate Responsibility Buying and Central Finance & Administration, are also located on the Atherstone site.

  • Chelmsford

    Opening in 2000, this region covers a broad geographic area across the South-East. It runs from Lincolnshire to the South coast, and includes most of London. We’re planning even more expansion (particularly into London) so even more customers will get to sample our delights.

  • Swindon

    Swindon is our biggest region geographically. Opening in 1998, it covers South Wales and South-West England, including West London. With the demand very much there, we’re planning to open a new facility in Cardiff that will service even more stores.

  • Naas

    Ireland

  • Mitchelstown

    Ireland

  • Goldthorpe

    Our purpose-built Regional Distribution Centre has transformed the way we service many of our successful stores. There are all kinds of opportunities in this area ranging from Warehouse Operations and Store Accounts, to Finance & Admin and Quality Control. It’s a mixed bag of delights to suit many different skills. We’d love to see where you’d fit in.

Application Process

By now you’ll have a pretty good sense if this is right for you. So it’s just a case of following the step-by-step application process, beginning with ‘Apply now’.

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  • Step One

    Online Application. You’ll need to complete an online application and tests that assess your judgement and analytical skills.

  • Step Two

    Online psychometric test. This is designed to assess your core skills and personal qualities and see if we’re right for each other.

  • Step Three

    Video application. Lights, camera, action! It’s all about you. This is a chance for you to impress us in a five-minute video called ‘Who am I?’. Show us you’re a determined, charismatic leader who we couldn’t do without.

  • Step Four

    It’s Group Assessment time. While this is a fair and consistent process, it’s important that you make your presence known!

  • Step Five

    Final Interview with the MD to talk about the contract and the finer details.

FAQs

  • When’s the best time to apply? Are there any opening or closing dates?

    The application window opens on the 1st September and will close on the 31st March.

  • When and where will the group assessments and interviews be held?

    The group assessment and final MD interview will be held in the regional distribution centre that’s closest to where you applied. If your application is successful, we’ll let you know all the details nearer the time.

  • Will I need to relocate?

    Possibly, but only usually within your chosen region. We’re a fast-growing business so it’s important to have a flexible, understanding approach.

  • Will I need a car?

    Your role will cover various aspects of in-store training, head office training and project work. We’ll need you to drive between locations, but travel expenses will of course be reimbursed.

  • What will my working hours typically be?

    It’s likely to be around 50 hours a week (which will include weekends), but this could change according to the demands of the business. It’s about approaching the role with flexibility, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs too.

  • At the end of the placement, will I be offered a place on the Area Manager Graduate Scheme?

    If, after graduating, you’re considering Aldi as a career choice – and you performed well on the placement – chances are you’ll be invited to apply. Your Managing Director will need to recommend you first though.

  • When does the placement scheme start?

    It starts in the July after you’ve completed your second year of university.