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Discount retailer Aldi to hire 700 apprentices, open 1000 stores in UK by 2022

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(Credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images) A customer uses a blue plastic shopping basket, branded with the Aldi name, as they shop inside an Aldi supermarket store in London, U.K., on Monday, June 29, 2015. The growth of Aldi and fellow German-owned discounter Lidl has changed the British grocery landscape over the last five years. Inside Aldi The German Discount Supermarket
March 21
5:38 AM 2016

German discount retailer Aldi is planning to hire 700 apprentices in 2016. This is double the number of apprentices recruited in 2015. New apprentices will get management training at all the levels at the discount retailer. Aldi's target is to run 1,000 stores in UK by 2022. 

Aldi is planning to expand in the UK. It has recruited management trainees with a training period of three years. Aldi pays £5.40 an hour during the first year and will raise it to £7.85 an hour for the final year. The national minimum pay is £3.30 an hour.

This is Money reports that Aldi is stepping up assault on supermarkets in Britain. Aldi has chalked out an action plan for new apprentices on how to handle business from grassroot levels. Aldi manages over 630 shops in the UK and is planning to open 83 more in 2016. The German retailer has set a target of 1,000 stores by 2022. 

Ruth Doyle, Regional Managing Director at Aldi, said"Our apprentices are given real responsibility from day one, with the opportunity to learn about the business from a grassroots level. We support our recruits and expect them to progress to management."

Discount retailer Aldi is poised to sell cycling equipment online. The product range includes cycling gear, gardening equipment and gadgets online. The cycling equipment will be available online as part of 'Specialbuys' promotions. The Specialbuys product range will be updated twice a week, as reported by Cycling Weekly.

Recent Speicalbuys promotions had a host of gardening equipment. Other product range includes Garmin computers, cycling shoes, bib shorts, long sleeve jackets and more. Successful apprentices upon completion of training will get £30,000 starting salary.

They will have opportunity to progress to position of assistant store manager. Graduate management trainees after completion of training will get £40,000 salary in addition to Audi company car and private healthcare. After four years, they can grow further to get a salary of £70,000. 

Independent further adds that the new plan of German budget supermarket to open 80 stores will generate 5,000 jobs. The new jobs will be created at new retailer stores and existing ones as well. New positions include managers, stock assistant and store staff. Ruth Doyle, its regional managing director, is keen on right talent in the recruitment process as talented manpower is key to support expansion and enhance sales performance of retailer.

However, Aldi didn't provide any information on how many locations will have new stores in the UK this year. The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel reveals the budget upstarts Lidl and Aldi have bagged 10 percent share in consumer spending at supermarkets. 

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