Placement scheme at Aldi

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Atherstone West Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£24,000 - £25,999
Roles
Retail

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7.8/10

The Role
8.8
Organisation
8.0

Socialising

6.0

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I really enjoyed my year with Aldi, there was a clear plan put in place so i knew exactly what i was doing each week, which i found really helpful. It is a challenging year, you are given a lot of responsibility across the whole business and required to produce work at a high level.

8/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I always felt as if i was valued by everyone at Aldi, there is a great atmosphere both in store and at head office.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I was given a mentor who was an area manager in my region, i would regularly have catch ups with them and I shadowed them for a few weeks on my placement year. I also had quarterly reviews with my director where we spoke about how everything was going and whether i was unto date with my training plan.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

When i was in store i was always very busy, there was never i quiet moment and you could end up working longer hours because there was so much to do. I found that when i was shadowing people, then there were some quieter moments.

7/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

You are thrown in at the deep end! From the start you are given management responsibility in store and there are targets that need to be hit and it is your responsibility to make that happen. It was great to be given the responsibility as when you do perform well there is a great deal of satisfaction and there's no time to look at the clock!!

10/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I think dealing with people is the most important skill i learnt, from employees to customers there are so many different characters that you have to be able to speak to and manage. The skills i picked up working with others (e.g. excel) will help me a lot as i go back to university and for the future.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

During the placement you get to spend time with each department and that is where you get to know people a lot better and everyone is very friendly and easy to get on with.

9/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Before i started my placement i had my 12 month plan sorted, there were a few minor changes to this, but it generally remained the same.

9/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

There is a training plan, although some of the time this isn't stuck to and it can often be up to the store manager as to how they like to train you. I did spend time with managers going over aspects of the store, but it is important to make sure you cover all areas.

7/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Financial Bonus
5/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Very good! I was offered the graduate job after finishing my placement year

10/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

I got on very well with the other placement students but we didn't socialise outside of work.

5/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I lived at home during my year so that helped me out a great deal financially. Living in the Midlands is fairly cheap anyway, so I was financially stable.

10/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

I was living at home, so i'd go out with friends to local pubs and bars, but it's a bit different to being at uni

5/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Due to working in retail, you do have to work on the weekends, so i could only play sport every so often as the matches were on Saturdays, but when i was in head office this wasn't a problem.

4/10

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