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Aldi become headline sponsor of Cardiff University High Performance Programme

1 October 2021

We’re extremely pleased to announce that Aldi are the headline sponsor of our High Performance Programme for the 2021-22 academic year.

The 12-month sponsorship will see the the UK’s 5th largest supermarket, Aldi, sponsor the High Performance Programme and award two High Performance Programme student-athletes with an Aldi Bursary. The sponsorship deal will also help Cardiff students along their career journey, with career advice and workshops during the academic year. Aldi already have strong roots within elite level sport as a long-serving official partner of Team GB, supporting athletes throughout their journeys.

The Aldi Bursaries are awarded to two successful applicants to support them with funding training, competition and equipment costs while studying for their degree programmes. The two successful recipients of the Aldi Bursaries for the 2021-22 academic year are Hannah Bullock and James Heneghan.

Hannah Bullock, Great Britain gymnast and 2nd year Chemistry student said:

"I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with Aldi on this programme. With the funding it’s meant I’ve been able to travel to multiple Great Britain training camps and fly out to represent Great Britain which I’m extremely thankful for."

On receiving the Aldi Bursary, Welsh athlete and 4th year Medicine student James Heneghan said:

"I am extremely grateful to Aldi for their support going into this Commonwealth Games year as I look to build on strong results in 2021. I feel that the Aldi Graduate Area Manager Programme provides a great opportunity for Cardiff University students."

Aldi Graduate Area Manager Programme

Aldi has over 900 Stores and more than 36,000 employees across the UK. As it plans to open its 1,200th store by 2025, it is looking to support its growth by recruiting ambitious, enthusiastic and driven candidates with a passion for retail management.

Aldi offers a competitive Graduate Area Manager Programme, with 100 new positions available across the country each graduate season. Aldi Area Managers are responsible for maintaining multiple stores and are involved in every aspect of the business, from people management and ensuring stores meet sales targets to implementing new initiatives. The role is fast-paced and varied, so it’s important that candidates are hardworking, driven and eager to learn.

The Area Manager Programme involves 12 months of intense training required to successfully manage a regional workforce, during which colleagues are given unparalleled exposure to every aspect of the Aldi business, from working together with store and Regional Distribution Centre teams, to being immersed in Head Office operations. At the end of the year-long training programme, Area Managers are then given the keys to their very own area and take responsibility of up to four stores.

Those coming straight from University who possess a 2:1 degree in any subject can apply for the Graduate Area Manager Programme and will start on a competitive salary alongside a company car.

Further information on Aldi's Graduate Area Manager Programme.

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