Graduate Training Program

No other graduate program offers such a high level of responsibility so quickly. This intensive 18-month course covers every aspect of retail management, including: store operations, team leadership, purchasing, financial administration, logistics and property management. Demanding and uncompromising, this program requires significant effort and flexibility to complete but we will support you along the way. You won’t be alone either - some of the program is centralised so you’ll get to travel to the ALDI Head Office in Sydney and spend time with your graduate colleagues during the program.

Graduate Training
Program Overview

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to the ALDI Family! Meet your graduate cohort and be introduced to the company by the Group Managing Director or CEO at ALDI Head Office in Sydney.

  2. Weeks 1-3

    Join forces with an experienced Area Manager who will mentor you throughout the duration of the course and receive the keys to your company car.

  3. Weeks 4-8

    Your intensive in-store training starts now, from shelf stacking to cash handling. This on the shop floor experience will well equip you in understanding ‘a day in the life’ of your team members and get you closer to the customer.

  4. Weeks 9-13

    Learn all aspects of running a successful ALDI store and manage every aspect of its operations.

  5. Week 14

    Complete a project based on your store time and present your findings to the Regional Director team.

  6. Week 15

    Annual leave: You've earned a one-week break.

  7. Week 16

    The focus of this week is management and leadership. Along with your fellow graduates, you will attend an external course which will equip you with all the skills you need to manage people effectively.

  8. Weeks 17-20

    Under the guidance of an Area Manager, put your leadership training into practice by running a portfolio of 3-5 stores.

  9. Weeks 21-26

    Rotate around several departments at ALDI Head Office in Sydney to gain a solid understanding of the wider business and how you fit in.

  10. Weeks 27-33

    Gain an insight into warehousing and distribution by working in your Home Region Distribution Centre.

  11. Weeks 34-38

    From quality control to liaising with suppliers, learn everything about our product range at ALDI Head Office in Sydney. You will also gain some insight into store design and property development.

  12. Weeks 39-42

    Join the Store Operations team in the Regional Office. Provide store support, coordinate regional communications and build a strong relationship with the Store Operations Director. This culminates in another project and presentation.

  13. Weeks 43-44

    Two weeks of annual leave to relax and recharge.

  14. Weeks 45-48

    Revisit the role of an Area Manager. By this stage your knowledge and skillset will allow you to keep an entire area running.

  15. Weeks 49-53

    Consolidate your understanding of Store Operations by running a store as a Store Manager. Showcase your leadership skills by motivating the team to achieve positive results.

  16. Weeks 54-61

    Learn how to balance the books in this 8-week intensive administration experience.

  17. Weeks 62-63

    Enjoy two weeks annual leave.

  18. Week 64

    From leadership skills to KPI planning and forecasting, we will set you up for success.

  19. Weeks 65-73

    Put your skills to the test and take full control of an area and finish off any final training aspects.

  20. Weeks 74-76

    Here is your chance to show us what you've learnt. Become an Area Manager and cover 3-5 stores for a few weeks.

  21. Weeks 77-78

    Congratulations, your training is complete! Take another well-earned break with two weeks annual leave.

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