The Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer has welcomed plans from Aldi to create 35,000 new jobs over the next eight years as it strives to grow store numbers to 1,000 by 2022.
The Prime Minister met with Aldi’s Group managing directors, Matthew Barnes and Roman Heini, at Aldi’s Atherstone headquarters, where they learnt about the supermarket’s plans to invest more than £600 million in UK expansion.
The investment will see Aldi more than double its employee numbers in the UK as it opens over 550 new stores between now and 2022. This includes plans to create at least one apprenticeship position per store, per year, which would see the employment of between 600 – 1,000 apprentices each year as Aldi strives towards 1,000 stores. Apprentice training and development will be supported by a new Apprenticeship Academy located at Aldi’s offices and distribution centre in Bolton, which is due to open in March 2015.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
"Aldi's plans to create tens of thousands more jobs across the country are a vote of confidence in our long-term economic plan to back business, create more jobs and secure a brighter future for Britain. This news will mean more financial security for hardworking families and opportunities for young people who want to get on in life"
Chancellor George Osborne said:
“It is fantastic to see great success stories like Aldi creating jobs and increasing opportunities for young people.
“Backing businesses who are expanding is a key part of our long term economic plan which is why I have cut corporation tax, introduced the employment allowance and am abolishing National Insurance contributions for the Under 21s.
“These changes are helping companies like Aldi create jobs and the economic security that comes with that.”
The new jobs will include a range of management roles, both in-store and within Aldi’s offices, as well as in-store and regional distribution centre roles.
Matthew Barnes, group managing director of Aldi UK, commented:
“Our expansion plans mean that we can accommodate growing shopper numbers, while ensuring that there is an Aldi store only a short drive away from people, no matter where they live in the country. We are opening our doors across the UK, making it even easier for people to shop and save with us.”
Roman Heini, group managing director of Aldi UK, added:
“As well as growing store numbers, we are investing in our operations to ensure we continue to meet and exceed customer expectations. “This includes buying more locally produced products, expanding our fresh food range and making sure customers always get the products and service they need. This approach is helping us to grow our market share and driving our investment in the UK. It is pleasing to know that as more and more people shop with us, they are helping to create jobs for their local area and supporting the economy.”