Training and development

We know our biggest assets are our amazing colleagues. We’re committed to their individual development and progression through life and work. Here’s how we’re making sure every single person at Aldi has opportunities to learn, to grow and to feel like they belong.

 

It’s good to listen

Listen and learn. It’s obvious really, but it’s really important not to forget to welcome our colleagues with open arms and ask them how you can improve.

This is why in 2019 we launched our biggest Engagement survey yet. 94% of colleagues took part and we achieved an impressive engagement score of 84%, way above the retail benchmark. We believe in creating a culture where colleagues feel valued and have pride in their work. It stands to reason that engaged colleagues are more productive so we work hard to create a culture of openness and transparency.

 

  • Staff feedback
  • So having listened to all our colleagues’ feedback, we’re now focusing on key areas like training and personal development, ensuring all our colleagues know it’s good to talk.

People power

We’re investing in training and recruitment more than ever! People are our business and we understand how important they are. To prove it, we have an Academy at our Bolton Distribution Centre in Greater Manchester to coordinate the training and development of new and existing colleagues.

During 2019 and 2020 we held an amazing 1.067 training courses, training over 13,000 colleagues! This includes on-the-job training and inductions to develop their professional, technical and interpersonal skills, as well as a new performance review process to ensure all colleagues get the right feedback and are able to openly discuss their personal development and career progression.

  •  

    This year we are launching a new Supporting Mental Wellness training course for over 4,300 leaders across our business, to make sure our colleagues are supported to lead their teams effectively.

  •  

    Currently, we have 351 apprentices in the business. In 2020, we recruited 191 apprentices across Retail, Logistics and Buying, with over 160 successfully achieving their qualification in 2020.