Gaining management experience across all areas of retail; HR, Logistics, Sales and Supply chain. From being the manager on duty in store to running daily trackers on the regional sales. Helping recruit new talent in and overseeing Lidl’s company policies in HR. Gained experience in supplier management to order stock into the building and manage sales and trends for different seasonal times of year.
Working in store ranges from bakery, to non-food set up and managing the shift. Then in the warehouse you get the opportunity to experience picking and shadowing a assistant team manager on a shift. Within HR, you sift through applications and carry out telephone interviews. Finally in puppy chain you work with all different teams in controlling orders and ordering.
My placement year at LIDL was highly enjoyable - I was given a full introduction to all aspects of area management, from stock control to shop floor coordination. This was made even better by the fact that I was earning a decent salary alongside my experience, which made me enjoy it without financial worries. I was given the option to return to LIDL, something that I have taken up as I enjoyed my placement year so much.
This work placement was extremely rewarding and it was very enjoyable to gain skills in many different areas. This being said it is HARD work, especially in terms of some of the shift work you will do during logistics and sales - very early mornings, later nights, weekends. This placement gives you the opportunity to work in so many different environments: warehouses, stores and offices, along with a range of different people with different skill sets
I really enjoyed my year in industry, especially as the Lidl scheme allows you to rotate through all the different regional departments (Sales, Supply Chain, Logistics, and Human Resources). This is because it gives you a better understanding of the business model as a whole, and you can start to form an opinion on which route you would like to go down after you graduate. All of the managers were really friendly and helpful which enhanced the experience.
My placement with Lidl was extremely eye-opening and I thoroughly enjoyed my year learning in depth about the food retail industry and training in various management roles. The placement has allowed me to develop my employability and transferable skills massively which will aid me during my final year at University and future employment. The rotational scheme that Lidl offer allowed me to work in Sales, Logistics, Administration, Training, Recruitment, Payroll and run my own regional cost project! Lidl offered me a challenging placement that pushed me out my comfort zone, provided with an incredibly supportive professional network, developed my personal and professional abilities, a fantastic experience with endless opportunities I am grateful for.
I can honestly say that my placement year has been really enjoyable. I have been able to challenge and push myself out of my comfort zone whilst learning so much. As a student I didn't really know which area of the business to go into and the rotational aspect of the Lidl placement scheme was perfect for me! I have learnt so much throughout my year and it has given me an insight into Lidl as a business, but also the industry.
I really enjoyed my placement year at Lidl as I was given many opportunities to learn and develop my skillset. I was able to venture into numerous departments and even departments that were not originally planned due to COVID-19. I was given the opportunity to work with many different stakeholders and my opinion was valued. The placement at Lidl requires a lot of hard work but you can definitely reap the rewards. I would 100% recommend Lidl to any student looking to study a placement year.
I highly enjoyed my time whilst working within Lidl. The different rotations around the departments allowed for a large variety whilst recieving great support from colleagues. This placement requires a lot of hard work but is very rewarding. It is a good foundation to start your career within Lidl or for future graduate schemes.
The variety of work experience gained over the last 11 months have been invaluable to my learning. The type of work has been extremely varied and challenging; giving insight into all aspects of the business from a bottom level up perspective. The teams were fundamental in my learning offering key training and support.
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year with Lidl. Over the 48 weeks I worked in several different departments including Sales, Supply Chain, HR Training, Sales Organisations and Transport. This gave me an overview of the entire business operation from start to finish which was really interesting. In each department I worked in, I had a really friendly and helpful team which helped to make the experience even more enjoyable. Besides the work aspect of the placement, I made lots of friends in the other placement students and we were able to stay in nice hotels and have meals with each other while we worked in Head Office as well as being given an end-of-placement event for us all to enjoy.
Overall, I throughly enjoyed the Retail Placement Programme. I enjoyed the rotational aspect the most as I was constantly learning new skills and meeting new people. However, I found certain departments less busy than others which meant I felt undervalued and sometimes a bit of a burden within that department.
I have significantly enjoyed my placement with Lidl. I have had the opportunity to work in several different departments in Lidl from Sales to Logistics to Head Office. Therefore, no day has been the same and I have met various new people along the way. The placement has been challenging and I have definitely been out of my comfort zone at times, so do not expect the placement to be easy. Nevertheless, I have found my placement to be rewarding and I have enjoyed my time with Lidl.