Lidl works with Ulster University Business School on innovative degree programme
Ulster University Business School has welcomed over 50 students on the Lidl ‘Feed Your Mind’ Degree programme, a foundation degree in management practice.
The two-year specialist retail course was commissioned by the supermarket and developed by Ulster University Business School in collaboration with Irish Times Training.
Enabling students to gain extra qualifications and hands on work experience while on a full salary, the course is open to both external applicants and existing Lidl employees. Successful candidates are given a two-year fixed-term contract in the role of either deputy store manager or deputy logistics manager and gain a university-accredited foundation degree in retail management practice.
Having started in 2018, the course has grown from just over 800 applications with 17 placed on to the programme to almost 2,400 applications with 60 students last year.
Siobhra Disdale, senior talent management specialist at Lidl Ireland, and Adele Lyle, senior talent management specialist at Lidl Northern Ireland, said: “We are proud to work together with Ulster University to offer this successful, fully-funded degree course and exceptional opportunity for those in the early stages of retail and logistics management who are hungry to fast-track their career with a leading global retailer.
“It has been amazing to see this year’s cohort present their innovative ideas here on Ulster University’s progressive new campus. We are proud of all of those talented individuals who have progressed through the course and into our managerial ranks”
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