Discount grocer Aldi is recruiting graduates for its Area Management Programme as it seeks to create 3,000 new jobs across the country, it has been announced today.
Aldi’s graduate scheme, which will take over 100 new recruits, is open to all university leavers with a 2:1 degree, meaning that those that are successful will come from a range of backgrounds with differing skill sets.
Earlier this month, the German supermarket chain achieved 26.1 per cent growth in market share, standing at a record 2.9 per cent for the 12 weeks ending July 8th 2012, equalling that of competitor Lidl as consumers continue to favour discounters in the tough economic climate.
As the grocer’s popularity continues to rise, it is set to open a number of stores over the rest of this year and throughout 2013 while increasing the number of staff at existing stores.
Richard Holloway, Head of Graduate Recruitment at Aldi, explained that a rolling recruitment deadline will see the retailer searching for suitable candidates into next year.
“We’re looking for outstanding candidates who can offer something beyond academic achievements,” Holloway explained.
“Strong personalities, work experience, hobbies and leading teams at university are key strengths that we have identified.
“In addition, we are always on the lookout for new store recruits, and we’ll create a training programme that suits our candidates and will last about 6 weeks. We believe that our store staff are the best in the retail business, and their pay and hard work reflects this.
“This year, Aldi has also launched a National Apprentice Scheme, working in partnership with local colleges, to create 200 jobs within stores nationwide.
“We are dedicated to offering the best career path to our employees and our trading plans demonstrate this.”