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Aldi set to fund 60 produce industry apprenticeships

The supermarket chain’s initiative over the next two years will be done in partnership with Management Development Services Ltd

Aldi has announced its plans to fund 60 produce industry apprenticeships over the next two years, in partnership with Management Development Services Ltd (MDS).

The supermarket chain has worked with MDS, which provides industry training and apprenticeship schemes, since 2016.

As part of its Apprenticeship Levy, Aldi will be funding the education of four new cohorts of students over the next two years, starting in April.

This brings the supermarket’s total funding in apprenticeship schemes to £1m over a six year period.

Christine Tacon, the chair of MDS, said: “Our combination of on-the-job learning, alongside a chartered qualification, equips trainees with invaluable management and leadership skills to help them begin fulfilling careers within the food and fresh produce industries, which are crying for out for ambitious, capable new recruits.

“Aldi’s ongoing support is testament to the quality of graduates that the scheme produces, and we look forward to continuing to work with them.”

Kelly Stokes, recruitment director at Aldi UK, said: “The MDS scheme is highly respected and provides an excellent pathway for promising talent to achieve their potential within the sector, which is why we are pleased to be funding a further sixty apprenticeships over the next two years.

“The success of the programme is evident, with a number of MDS graduates now employed at Aldi to help us continue to deliver high-quality fresh produce at unbeatable prices.”

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