Apprenticeship drive

Lafarge Tarmac and Aldi are both launching drives to recruit apprentices.
Lafarge Tarmac and Aldi are both launching drives to recruit apprentices.

Two major national companies have launched a drive to recruit High Peak apprentices.

Lafarge Tarmac is looking to find ten apprentices across Derbyshire in the wake of National Apprenticeship Week and discount supermarket chain Aldi is also inviting applications for their Aldi Apprenticeship Scheme.

Six of the Lafarge Tarmac applicants will be based at Tunstead Quarry, and will follow in the successful footsteps of Abigail Finney, a mechanical fitter apprentice who won the East Midlands Apprentice of the Year award from Chesterfield College last month.

Cyrille Ragoucy, CEO of Lafarge Tarmac, said: “We’re passionate about creating a lasting skills legacy. I believe that our commitment to learning and innovation means we are well placed to offer expert support and guidance to nurture skills and kick-start successful, high quality careers.

“Our apprenticeships are a great opportunity for candidates to gain a nationally-recognised qualification and develop practical experience in a dynamic industry.”

Opportunities at Lafarge Tarmac are available in a wide range of specialisms and each lasts for two years. For more information, see

Applications for Aldi’s apprentice scheme are open until September 11 and store apprentices are trained in all aspects of retail management during the three-year course with store assistant training in the first year and store management training in years two and three.

Successful apprentices will be offered a deputy manager position upon completion of the course and can progress onto assistant store manager.

Applications should be submitted online at and successful candidates will be asked to attend a group interview followed by an ‘Aldi experience’ at a local store.

Ruth Doyle, Regional Managing Director at Aldi, commented: “The Aldi apprentice scheme will deliver opportunities for committed and resourceful young people nationwide. Successful candidates will be joining one of the most dynamic and fast-growing retailers in the UK, with a proven track record in developing its staff.

“Aldi’s apprentices are given real responsibility from day one, with the opportunity to learn about the business from a grassroots level, and we expect our recruits to progress to a managerial level.”