Join our International Traineeship

​Become a globe-trotting, horizon-stretching international Retail professional. Generalise, to get to grips with the complexities of an international business. Specialise, to develop your skills and talents in a particular area.

International Traineeship UK + an international secondment

  • Opportunities available across the UK and overseas
  • Carefully structured training

What you will be doing

This is the perfect way to experience the sharp end of our operations and then become an expert in your field. It’s about learning what makes us tick as you explore your own particular niche within our complex business.

Your first stop will be at one of our 11 regions, in sales and logistics. This will help you to understand how we operate. Equipped with this knowledge, you’ll be ready to begin training in your specialist department. The first phase of this will be nine-months regional training which will see you accelerate from Customer Assistant to Area Manager.

Next up will be your head office training. Over the course of six months, you’ll immerse yourself in the ins and outs, whys and wherefores of your chosen area – and how this supports the wider business.

To round off your development, the final training phase takes place both here in the UK and overseas. It’s a chance to put what you’ve learned into practice and tackle some big, live projects.

What you will have

In keeping with our ethos, we look for quick-witted, problem-solving people with plenty of common sense.

  • You are a minimum of a 2:1 degree
  • You are a full UK / EU driving licence
  • You are a valid full-time UK work permit.
Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Lidl

We aren't your typical supermarket. We're an international phenomenon with a do-it-different, keep-it-simple, make-it-better approach to Retail.

Our Culture - What we do

This is big business. With operations in 27 countries, we have more than 10,000 stores and 135 retail distribution centres. This includes more than 630 stores in the UK and there’s an impressive schedule of new store and warehouse openings planned for the next few years.

Carefully structured training and development programmes take the raw potential of ambitious and eager graduates and undergraduates, transforming them into high-performing, polished Retail professionals capable of running the business.

To achieve this level of success and customer loyalty takes a special kind of culture. We have invested heavily in creating an environment in which people can thrive. Everyone chips in and pulls their weight.

The more effort people make, the more they’ll get back in return. In fact, nearly all of our senior professionals started out in-store, successfully developing careers in Sales, Property, Supply Chain, Logistics and Head Office positions.

You won’t find any learn-by-numbers, yawn-inducing, dull-as-dishwater graduate opportunities at Lidl. Our do-it-different, keep-it-simple, make-it better approach to what we do has helped us get to the top.

Lidl can offer you impressive opportunities to travel internationally too: combine this with an excellent rewards package and you can see why this is one of the most exciting opportunities on the market.

The Lidl Graduate Experience


It's all about your team. There's a real camaraderie and everyone wants to help each other out. 

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