Our Graduate Management Development Programme
From our Head Office to the shop floor and everywhere in between our primary goal is to create and deliver a fantastic customer journey for everyone who shops at Lidl.
As the only City & Guilds/ILM Accredited Graduate Programme in Ireland, the Lidl Graduate Management Development Programme is a unique programme that is tailored for each graduate. Our exciting 18-month programme consists of several modules which will gives graduates a full understanding of our business. Whilst on the programme they receive a bespoke training plan designed around their career path and current skills. They spend some time in our stores and warehouses to gain a thorough understanding of the key business areas before entering their chosen department. The programme gives them the opportunity to enjoy both personal and professional development through on-the-job training and a blended learning approach.
Applications for our graduate programme open in early September each year.
Essential Skills and Training
We know that as a graduate joining the business you won’t have all the answers and that’s OK with us. To help our graduates settle in, we have developed and perfected top class training programmes to teach you everything you need to know about working for Lidl.
Throughout your training you will be supported by trainers at every level of the business. They will assist you through solid hands on experience and formal training sessions on key topics relevant to your new role. As well as helping you learn the business from the ground up our training programme is designed to help you expand and develop your problem solving and business management skills.
Think you have what it takes to join the Lidl team?
An expected or attained 2.1 Honours Level 8 degree
Full driving licence is required
Flexibility to travel or relocate within Ireland is required
Motivation and drive
Strong personal skills
Work experience or experience abroad
German is an advantage but not a necessity
In return you can expect:
Through our salary system, we ensure pay equality across all positions at Lidl
€40,313 salary per annum pro rata
Up to 2 days remote working per week
20 days holiday per annum pro rata
Private employee medical insurance
Flexible start and finish times
Initial training and on-going development from an experienced team member
Excellent opportunities for career progression
Bespoke training plan depending on current skills and career path
One-to-one coaching from a certified coach in the business
A vast array of training opportunities from our in-house training catalogue
Masterclasses with renowned business experts
Director and graduate mentorship programme
On-site gym and canteen
Modern office facility with free parking
Opportunities to be involved in sports and social clubs
At Lidl we are committed to looking after you not only at work, but also in your personal life. This means that when it comes to your benefits package, we mean more than just the competitive salaries we offer. We have listed some below, but you can read about all of the various benefits we offer on our benefits page under Life at Lidl.
Having time off to spend however you wish is essential for your physical and mental wellbeing; to allow for relaxation and to catch up with things outside the workplace. At Lidl, we provide up to 25 days paid annual leave each year plus 10 public holidays.
We're fully dedicated to your personal and professional development to help you reach your potential.
From time to time we all unfortunately fall ill. In order to reduce the burden when this occurs, Lidl generously provides 20 days paid sick leave as part of our absence policy.
We offer a competitive salary of €40,313
Using the Bike to Work scheme, Lidl can help you attain a brand-new bike and safety equipment worth up to €1,000 of tax relief after a qualifying period of service. You can also utilise a salary sacrifice arrangement to pay for the bike over a 6-month period so that you can save up to 51% of the retail price.
Throughout the year, we promote wellness initiatives to support your safety and wellbeing at Lidl. Initiatives range from supporting your physical and mental health to ensuring your safety in the workplace.
Hosting sports & social events throughout Ireland, this club presents many opportunities to meet your colleagues through sport and become part of teams competing both internally and externally. There are annual trips abroad that are a huge success and plenty of social events throughout the year.
"The experience I have gained is one of a kind."
Lee loved that the Graduate Programme allowed him to lead, deliver and roll out real-world projects from day one.