Apprenticeship potential for new army of Aldi staff

While Aldi is aiming to recruit staff for its forthcoming new stories in Ellon and Inverurie, the company is also looking to recruit around 100 Modern Apprentices in 2014.

The aim is to create homegrown talent for its expanding portfolio of stores in Scotland as part of the Aldi Apprenticeship Scheme.

The announcement coincides with the upcoming Scottish Apprenticeship Week, taking place between May 19 and 23 and confirms Aldi as one of the largest retail apprenticeship providers in Scotland.

Applications for the scheme will be open throughout May with positions available across each of Aldi’s 51 Scotland stores.

Aldi initially launched its National Apprentice Scheme in February 2012, and has since created more than 500 jobs across the UK to attract young people towards a career in retail, for those who do not wish to attend university.

Aldi apprentices are trained in all aspects of retail management within three years. The scheme offers store assistant training in year one and store management training in years two and three with a salary of £5.15 per hour rising to £7.41 per hour and working towards a title of ‘deputy manager’ upon completion.

Aldi apprentices will also achieve a Retail Apprenticeship Level 3 qualification, which very few retailer apprenticeships currently offer.

By the end of the scheme, the most successful apprentices will have the opportunity to progress to the position of assistant store manager with a starting salary of £23,700. By joining the Aldi Apprentice Scheme, young people could ultimately be fast-tracked to a store manager position if they excel during training. Visit aldirecruitment.co.uk.