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Lidl Northern Ireland is giving highly-skilled Ulster University students the opportunity to kick-start their management career at one of Europe’s largest supermarkets with a bursary package worth over £20,000.

The bursaries, which are open to Ulster University students from any discipline who want to complete a placement year, are valued at £20,000 per student and will provide a paid work placement for one year. Students will benefit from a competitive salary, as well as having their university fees funded for the year. They will also get the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in all areas of the retail sector.

As part of the bursary, which follows on from an initial pilot last year, Ulster University students will gain access to senior management for a mentoring programme. These industry leaders will provide placement students with invaluable advice on developing their skills and enhancing their careers in the retail sector.

Dr Karise Hutchinson from Ulster University said: “Ulster University works in partnership with Lidl Northern Ireland to deliver exciting and rewarding work placements for our students. Together we are developing the next generation of leaders who have the necessary skills and attributes to drive future growth of both the retail sector and local economy.

“This bursary is an exceptional opportunity for Ulster University students who are looking to secure a varied career in the fast-paced retail industry. Along with a hugely competitive salary and benefits package during placement year, high performers will be offered a part-time job during final year and have the opportunity to get their final year fees fully paid.

“Importantly, the journey doesn’t stop once the students complete their university studies as Lidl offers a range of employment opportunities for Ulster University’s talented, enthusiastic and committed graduates.”

Paul Gibson Sales Operations Executive for Lidl Northern Ireland said: “The Lidl Bursary Initiative is an incredible opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience within Lidl's retail operations. The students benefit from having real responsibility and personal development during the year that ultimately has them fully equipped both professionally and personally to give them the best possible start to their careers.

“At Lidl, we're delighted to be able to offer this initiative to a number of exceptional students and I have no doubt we will secure the best talent that Ulster University has to offer.”