Budget supermarket Aldi is cheating the credit crunch and increasing its graduate intake by 50%.
The firm will offer 150 university leavers places on its management training scheme this year – up from 100 last year, bucking the trend where many employers are cutting their graduate recruitment as the economy continues to deteriorate.
Dan Ronald, regional managing director, responsible for graduate recruitment, said: “Aldi has always invested in its graduate training programme, providing an attractive financial package and comprehensive training. Being able to offer such an attractive starting package to 50% more university leavers is fantastic, and fundamental to the continued growth of Aldi.”
Working at Aldi
The supermarket plans to open 50 stores in the UK this year. Graduate management trainees starting on £40,000, rising to £60,000 after three years, plus benefits.
Meanwhile, a poll of 100 recruiters by market research firm High Fliers Research earlier this month found that graduate opportunites will fall this year by 17%.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development warned in December that unemployment could hit 2.8m by the end of 2009.