Lidl has launched its graduate and placement programme as the supermarket searches for undergraduates and students to join the team in Scotland.

Offering hands-on experience to undergraduates, the Lidl graduate scheme boasts a starting salary of £37,000, a fully expensed premium company car and 30 days’ annual leave.

Over 90 per cent of placement students and graduates from the last five years are now in permanent management positions with Lidl across many areas including property and logistics.

The Lidl graduate programmes

In a first for Scotland, a new Logistics Graduate Management Programme offers comprehensive experience at Lidl’s Eurocentral base in Motherwell and expert training in the demanding sector of operations.

For those looking to forge a career in the retail sector, the Sales Graduate Management Programme provides a strong understanding of how Lidl stores in Scotland operate with the opportunity to run a store as a business manager.

Lidl also offers an opportunity to existing students looking to undertake a placement year with the Retail Placement Programme. With the ability to gain an insight into all aspects of the business through a rotational structure.

After studying BSC in Management at Stirling University, Chris Shaw joined the Lidl graduate scheme in 2018.

During his time on the scheme, Chris gained a wealth of experience working in a range of departments including head office.

Since completing the scheme, Chris has successfully secured the permanent position of Trainee Area Manager in the West of Scotland.

Chris said: “The flexibility to rotate around different parts of the business and gain valuable insight at every stage was the main appeal for me. It’s one of the strongest graduate schemes out there.

“Joining Lidl’s graduate scheme has been an important step for my career. With lots of supportive colleagues and mentoring schemes, there’s a great working environment at Lidl and I look forward to continuing my progression within the company.”

Lidl’s Regional Director for Scotland, Ross Millar, added: “In my twenty-five years at Lidl, one of the highlights of the job has been meeting and supporting the placement students and graduates through their schemes.

“It’s a fantastic path to an exciting and versatile career, many of our current colleagues have gone through the graduate scheme and progressed onto vital roles throughout the business.”

The closing date for applicants is Thursday 31 December, and full details can be found here.

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