Andy Grover, 20, is a logistics apprentice with Aldi and is on track to join the warehouse management team while still in his early twenties
Andy left school at 16 and was accepted onto Aldi’s apprenticeship scheme in April 2014.
Andy worked in Aldi’s Darlington distribution centre, receiving comprehensive on-the-job training as well as on-going theory work, as he worked towards achieving a level 2 warehousing and storage qualification. The three-year course gives candidates a thorough experience of working in logistics, and a level 3 warehouse and storage qualification on completion of the course. The most successful apprentices are also offered the opportunity to progress to a deputy position.
“My proudest achievement to date is finding out that I am performing above expectations, as I want to progress within Aldi and learn as much as I can,” said Andy. “The role is so varied; there is always plenty of work and it’s great being part of a team and a growing business.”
Andy also discusses his day-to-day role on the scheme: “During the first year, I usually started work at around 5.30am, but I enjoyed finishing in the afternoon so that I could spend time with my family, especially as I have a young child. I was responsible for checking orders to ensure accuracy, picking goods and ensuring that the warehouse is tidy and organised ready for the next day.”
In his second and third years, Andy learnt management skills: “I really want to progress onto a warehouse deputy position with Aldi. I’m always picking up new skills and it’s great to know that the management team has faith in me. I’m genuinely proud to say that I work for Aldi.”
Andy offers advice to young people thinking of applying to the Aldi logistics apprenticeship: “It’s a brilliant opportunity, you get a qualification and I would recommend the job to anyone as you don’t get the chance to be part of a management team in your early twenties at many companies. If you like working in a fast-paced environment, then Aldi is the place for you.”