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Aldi unveils Apprenticeship search in Warrington

June 13, 2014

Discount retailer Aldi is working in partnership with Cheshire Oaks Retail Academy (CORA) for the third year running to promote this year’s Aldi Apprentice Scheme.

Applications for the scheme are now open as the retailer looks to hire in excess of 500 Apprentices for its growing portfolio of stores across England and Wales, with CORA looking to support 11 Apprentices throughout Cheshire.

CORA, which was set up by West Cheshire College and The McArthurGlen Group, will assist Aldi with the application process and identifying a suitable candidate for its store in Warrington.

Maria Davison, Business Development Director at West Cheshire College, said: “This will be the third year in a row we have worked with Aldi to deliver their Apprenticeship scheme in Cheshire.

“Our partnership has been very successful as it has helped talented young people in the region to develop an exciting career in retail.

“CORA has a strong record in providing Apprenticeships in retail and we have worked with some of the biggest brands in the industry.

“Aldi provides an excellent Apprenticeship scheme with a lot of opportunities and benefits for individuals and again this year we expect the scheme to be very popular.”

Aldi initially launched its National Apprentice Scheme in February 2012, and has since created more than 500 jobs to attract young people towards a management career in retail.

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.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP said: “We want it to be the new norm for young people to choose to either go to university or begin an Apprenticeship.  It's great news that Aldi is making Apprenticeships a key part of its growth strategy and recruiting around 500 new Apprentices this year.

“Apprenticeships increase business productivity and increase skills levels, so with a talent pool of over a million potential employees, it is the ideal time for companies to take advantage of the opportunities for business growth provided by employing Apprentices.”

James Hutcheson, Managing Director responsible for overseeing the Aldi Academy, said: “We are looking to attract committed and resourceful young people across the UK to join our Apprentice scheme.  Successful candidates will be joining one of the most dynamic and fast-growing retailers in the UK, with a proven track record in developing its staff.

“Aldi’s Apprentices are given real responsibility from day one, with the opportunity to learn about the business from a grassroots level, and we expect our recruits to progress through to managerial level.”

 

The Apprenticeships will be starting in September 2014. Details on how to apply can be found on Aldi’s recruitment website.

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