The role definitely changes depending which department you are in. In store you could be taking part in an inventory count or working stock. In HR I worked on projects to raise money for the NSPCC amongst many others. It varies a lot week to week.
At Lidl you’re given a lot of responsibility so the opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork skills is always there. I’ve been able to improve my presentation skills through presenting to the senior team also.
Yes definitely. While a lot is expected of you, I always felt supported and appreciated for my work. For example, during my time in sales I worked as a shift manager which meant I was responsible for managing tills, the safe and staff breaks.
I always felt supported by my training consultant, area manager and the other graduates. There are regular check ins with your line managers but it is also your responsibility to voice when you need extra support.
From my first interview to finishing my placement I've always felt welcome. My store, office and warehouse teams have always been friendly and eager to teach me about their roles.
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement with Lidl. The rotational aspect of the scheme allowed me to see multiple different areas of the business. I have also been lucky enough to take part in several projects within my departments and Head Office. I would recommend the placement and graduate scheme to others.
My advice would be to grasp every opportunity at Lidl. Whether it is presenting or leading a project, it gives you the chance to develop professional and interpersonal skills.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Retail, Food and Drink
22nd August 2021