How Aldi staff 'learn it, link it, live it'

by Miklos Bolza29 Aug 2016
Aldi Australia has big plans for South and Western Australia as it plans on opening around 120 new stores. As such, the company’s HR team will ramp into overdrive with an expected influx of around 2,000 staff.
 
We spoke to Aldi Australia about how the company plans on inducting and training this incoming workforce.
 
“Each new store that Aldi opens will support 15 to 20 new jobs, with positions ranging from casual, permanent and part-time employees, trainee managers and assistant management roles,” a spokesperson told HC.
 
Additional staff will also be required for the organisation’s distribution centres to manage the increased workload and ensure all products arrive on time.
 
On first joining the company, all new employees receive comprehensive induction training, the spokesperson said. Aldi also strives towards fostering career development.
 
“We offer various educational and training initiatives including traineeships, a diploma of management for store and warehouse staff, and coaching and leadership training for management.”
 
Newly hired employees will also be given access to the Aldi Academy website during on-boarding – a platform which provides information about Aldi as well as learning pathways tailored to each specific role.
 
“This learning pathway has been custom designed to teach, guide and support new employees throughout their journey at Aldi, giving them all of the necessary skills to complete their role.”
 
“They are a blend of online learning, on-the-job learning and traditional face-to-face learning which allow the learner to ‘learn it, link it and then live it’.”
 
New starters also receive on-the-job training by the direct manager who provides feedback, support and guidance throughout their time with the company.
 
Finally, employee feedback is encouraged, the spokesperson said, in order to provide the best possible learning experience for staff.
 
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