Aldi UK extends deal with Loughborough University

A loughborough student playing football

Aldi, Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket, has pledged to continue its support of Loughborough University’s Men’s Performance Football Team for another year.

The longstanding partnership, which is now entering its fourth consecutive year, promotes teamwork, leadership and communication - all of which are attributes the supermarket looks for in applicants for its Graduate Area Manager Programme.

The programme offers approximately 100 new positions across the country each graduate season, with successful applicants receiving mentorship and training and, after 12 months, running a multi-million-pound business by taking on responsibility for their own group of stores.

Graduates will also be involved in every aspect of the business, from people management and ensuring stores meet sales targets to implementing new initiatives. The Graduate Area Manager Programme includes a starting salary of £50,000, rising to £90,615 in year eight, along with a fully expensed company car. 

To be eligible for the scheme, students should be on track for a 2:1 degree in any discipline.

Richard Wheater, Director of Sport, Loughborough University, said: “We are immensely proud of how our partnership with Aldi UK has evolved over the past three years. We believe strongly in developing our students to be the very best through sport and academic studies and Aldi UK offers an attractive proposition upon graduation.

“Aldi UK’s interest in our graduates shows that we are creating well rounded people ready to take on the challenges of professional life. We’re all looking forward to continuing this strong working relationship over the next 12 months.”

Kelly Stokes, Recruitment Director at Aldi UK, said: “We are delighted to be working with Loughborough University for the fourth year running.

“Our continued growth means we are always on the lookout for talented, driven and collaborative individuals, and partnerships like this are incredibly valuable in helping us find new potential members of our team to help provide the Everyday Amazing experience our customers know and love.”

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