If you are a student looking for some part time work then you have a good chance of finding some sort of flexible supermarket job at Lidl. But it isn’t all just shelf stacking you know...
There are also lots of opportunities to progress through the ranks into management roles at Lidl supermarkets - and graduates can also take advantage of the German retail chain’s dedicated graduate programmes in the United Kingdom.
Lidl is no newcomer to the supermarket scene. The firm was originally created by the Schwartz family in Germany in 1930 - but didn’t morph into the familiar Lidl brand until the 1970s. Like fellow countrymen and competitors Aldi, they have had a rapid success story, in large part down to concentrating on offering products to the public at discount prices.
Lidl now has over 10,000 supermarkets in locations all over Europe - and, after a couple of decades of trading over here, now has well over 700 outlets in the UK alone. With operations in many student towns and cities in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, there could be a supermarket job at Lidl just waiting outside your front doorstep.
So what sort of jobs can students and graduates pick up at a Lidl exactly?
Well, there are full time jobs during the holidays, part time jobs during term time - and permanent roles for students and graduates who show that they have the calibre to succeed at Lidl.
You could start out as a store assistant at Lidl, but work your way up into store management.
Store assistants carry out all sorts of different jobs in-store, but typically you will tend to be working the check outs or making sure that stock is replenished in a timely manner. With customer service being a highly important matter, you will also be judged on whether you can help shoppers have a rewarding and comfortable experience whenever they enter the Lidl store at which you are working.
Training and development programmes are in place at Lidl, so previous isn’t a prerequisite, but it certainly won’t harm your job application if you do have some work experience in a similar environment.
Lidl is also a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer, so ambitious people who have finished their degrees - or will do soon - should also start to consider the graduate opportunities in retail at the supermarket chain. Lidl has graduate schemes in Buying, International Traineeship, Training & Development, Store Management and Area Management.
Highlighting the importance of graduate talent to the Lidl enterprise, their director of human resources says: “Our graduates are very important for the future growth and development of our business. Bringing fresh ideas and enthusiasm they put theory into practice, whilst developing their management skills in a retail environment.”
But, no matter whether it’s a graduate career or a grassroots position you would like to secure at the supermarket chain, for every role on offer at Lidl you will need to show in your job application that you have a team player mentality and that you can deliver strong customer services. Enthusiasm, hard work and a professional manner are also a definite must for all applicants.
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