To mark Brothers and Sisters Day today, Aldi is celebrating a twin brother duo from Limerick who both work for the retailer in its head office in Naas, Co. Kildare.
Blaine and Darragh Collins, born identical but grew up not-so-much, have joined Team Aldi in recent months. Blaine started working for Aldi in September 2021 as a Data Administrator and it wasn’t long before twin brother Darragh followed in his footsteps and joined in the very same role.
Darragh confirms he suggested his brother apply for a role in head office, commenting: “Our team was expanding and I thought he would be the perfect fit and knew he would enjoy the work environment. Darragh admits: “Since Blaine started working for the business last year, he has been so positive about it and would tell me how much he enjoyed the job. This insight was really beneficial to me.”
Speaking of their newfound working relationship, Blaine jokes “I probably get to see him a little bit more but I am not sure I’d call that a benefit as such!” Darragh comments: “Being able to ask questions to someone who has been in your position before you makes life much easier.”
Both brothers have previous experience of working nights, and so have found their work life balance has improved immensely since joining Team Aldi. “My work life balance is probably the best it has ever been”, Blaine commented “We start at 8am with a 4.30pm finish, which is magical and gives me time then in the evenings to spend with my son and partner. The flexi time is a real plus as well so you can plan for different things that might arise in the normal course of life.”
John Curtin, Group Buying Director, Aldi Ireland said: “Blaine and Darragh have fitted into the team at our new National Buying office very well and we’re so fortunate to have them both working with us at our Naas headquarters. We thank them for their continued dedication to Team Aldi and wish them continued success in their Aldi careers.”
Aldi currently provides a broad range of benefits to all staff including personal and professional development courses, a bike to work scheme, 24/7 confidential wellbeing services, access to free specialist information services and more. As part of its people-focused approach to working, Aldi offers hybrid working to its office teams, with three days a week in the office and two at home, offering colleagues the right balance between in person interaction and remote work, maximising the benefits of both. For more information about roles at Aldi Ireland, check out www.aldirecruitment.ie
ALDI Ireland has agreed a new exclusive three-year deal worth almost €5 million with Limerick-based Twomey’s Bakery to supply all of ALDI’s 150 Irish stores with its delicious breads, baked scones, tarts, and sponges.
A total of five Donegal-based charities and community groups have become the latest beneficiaries of ALDI’s Community Grants programme, with each charity receiving a €500 grant from the ALDI store teams in County Donegal.
Receiving the grants are RNLI Lough Swilly Lifeboat Station, Solace Donegal Cancer Fund, Bumbleance and Donegal Hospice. Animals in Need Donegal received multiple nominations from ALDI’s Donegal-based employees, securing a €1,000 bursary grant for the charity.
ALDI’s Community Grants programme helps fund local charities and community organisations that contribute vital work and services in their local communities. Each local charity supported is chosen by ALDI employees, enabling them to help the local good causes they are passionate about.
By the end of 2022, the programme will have donated €537,000 to over 1,000 local charity branches and community groups across Ireland since its inception in 2016. Receiving charities and organisations range from rescue teams to animal sanctuaries, cancer support to mental health support, or any charitable organisation that resonates with ALDI colleagues.
Commenting, John Curtin, Group Buying Director, ALDI Ireland said: “We are very proud to continue to support local charities across the country through the ALDI Community Grants programme and we’re pleased to see the impact of our donation in the local communities of County Donegal.”
The Community Grants programme is one example of how ALDI is committed to investing and partnering with local communities and charities across Ireland and we look forward to continuing this engagement for years to come.”
Operating six stores in County Donegal, ALDI is deeply involved in the local community. To date, the stores have donated over 32,000 meals to local charities through ALDI’s partnership with FoodCloud, saving the charities more than €40,000. ALDI partners with seven innovative Donegal food and drink producers, spending over €11.2 million with them in 2021.