Supermarket on hunt for apprentices in Northumberland

The recruitment sign at the new Aldi store in Alnwick.
The recruitment sign at the new Aldi store in Alnwick.

Supermarket firm Aldi is looking to recruit around five apprentices across Northumberland during this year.

Applications for the scheme, which will be for the global chain’s stores in Ashington, Blyth, Cramlington and Hexham, opened yesterday to coincide with the start of National Apprenticeship Week and will close on Friday, September 11.

Successful candidates will be joining one of the most dynamic and fast-growing retailers in the UK

Ruth Doyle, regional managing director at Aldi

Aldi store apprentices are trained in all aspects of retail management during the three year course. The scheme offers store-assistant training in year one and store-management training in years two and three with a market-leading salary of £5.30 per hour rising to £7.63 per hour.

Successful apprentices will be offered a deputy manager position upon completion of the course, and can progress onto assistant store manager. Aldi store 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 store apprentices will have the opportunity to progress to the position of assistant store manager with a starting salary of £24,500. By joining the Aldi Apprentice Scheme, young people could ultimately be fast-tracked to a store-manager position if they excel during training.

Applications for the scheme should be submitted via Aldi’s recruitment website – www.aldirecruitment.co.uk – and successful candidates will be asked to attend a group interview followed by an Aldi experience at a local store.

Ruth Doyle, regional managing director at Aldi, said: “The Aldi Apprentice Scheme will deliver opportunities for committed and resourceful young people nationwide. 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 to a managerial level.”

Last month, Aldi started recruiting for its new Alnwick store, which is due to open on South Road this summer.