Aldi is a leading retailer with over 8,000 stores worldwide. It continues to expand in Europe, North America and Australia. Aldi places great importance on how it trains and develops its employees. Training is the process of providing employees with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their tasks and roles competently. While training is narrowly focused on helping a company become efficient and effective in the short-term, development is more about building the long-term capabilities of the workforce.
Workforce planning is the process of finding out how a business will meet its labour requirements both now and in the future. Aldi’s rapid expansion means the company will need to recruit more than 4,000 new members of staff within the next 12 months to meet the requirements of current exceptional sales growth and new store openings. Similarly, Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has announced plans to employ 1,000 new staff worldwide as part of its workforce planning. (BBC, 22nd April 2013)
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