I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year with LIDL UK. I was based in the Enfield region throughout my time and has a wide range of opportunities to spend time in many different departments including Property, Admin, Training, Logistics, Supply Chain and Food Promotions in Head Office. I have not only been developed as an individual but as a professional too.
My work placement at Lidl was thoroughly enjoyable. I was given huge levels of responsibility and opportunity to make an impact on my region. The ability to rotate around departments allows you to see all corners of multinational business operations, and also ensures work doesn't become repetitive. The company is people focused, and the ethos of "Team Lidl" really shines through in it's staff, who were very helpful, supportive and willing to give me an insight into their daily tasks.
I had a fantastic experience while on placement at Lidl. I was given the opportunity to experience working in numerous different departments within the business, taking on a range of responsibilities along the way. Lidl provide plenty of challenges in order to help you develop and as a result no two days were ever the same, helping keep the placement exciting and interesting.
I couldn't have enjoyed my placement year anymore, I was given responsibility and guidance from day 1. Allowing me to develop and grow in the business world. I was able to rotate departments, and see all areas of the business, this meant I had a greater understanding of how departments linked to one another.
Overall my placement has been very enjoyable and has greatly exceeded by expectations. Due to the structure of the placement I was able to choose the modules I was most interested in and the areas that I wanted to develop my skills in. The modules I enjoyed most depended on a number of factors such as the ability of the department to adopt you as a ‘member of the team’ and the time your department line manager invested in you. This meant that you were given great exposure and you were pushed and encouraged to developed your skills.
It has truly been the best year of my life. I expected it to be a good placement but it exceeded my expectations, with the level of responsibility and exposure. Both my skillset and confidence have grown massively. My placement year has given me to motivation to complete my degree in order to return to supermarket retail, ideally with Lidl as I love the culture of the company – it really is infectious!
I really enjoyed my placement because it was incredibly varied with me constantly changing departments and being able to work in Head Office, as well as other projects such as the new Employer Branding videos and projects. All of this meant that I was never doing the same activities twice and was constantly learning all year.
I loved the entire 48 weeks of my placement programme and didn’t want it to come to an end. I’m looking forward to going back to University to finish my degree before getting straight back out into the real world as a graduate, preferably with my placement employer Lidl as I loved the culture so much.
I enjoyed every minute of my time at Lidl UK during my placement year, I was given the opportunity to experience all areas of the business within the Scotland region and was exposed to departments and industries I would never have dreamt of spending time in. The placement scheme with Lidl has been ideal for me, as prior to this year I had no idea what particular area of the business world I would like to work in, the opportunity to rotate around the business has been perfect.
I enjoyed the placement at Lidl and I was able to develop myself very much during this time. I would definitely recommend it if you want to see different departments of the company and if you are interested in retail. It is challenging and I got a lot of responsibility and chances to develop my own management skills.
I really enjoyed my placement year at Lidl UK. They allow you to see every part of the business from Store right up to Head Office and you can really tailor the placement year to what you want to do. I found every role I was given interesting and I can definitely see myself working for the company in the future. If you are looking for a placement in retail, then Lidl UK is what you should be applying for as there are so many great opportunities presented to you throughout the year.
This year has truly been fantastic. I would happily stay working with Lidl full-time, rather than return to University. There are so many opportunities. You'll work very hard, but will reap the rewards and enjoy yourself in the process. I am envious of the next cohort to embark on this placement.