DISCOUNT retailer Aldi is looking to recruit 34 apprentices for its stores across Lancashire for its apprenticeship scheme.

Successful candidates are expected to start on the scheme from the start of September.

Aldi initially launched its National Apprentice Scheme in February 2012, and has since created more than 500 jobs to attract young people towards a management career in retail, for those who do not wish to attend university.

The stores taking on apprentices in East Lancashire include Great Harwood, Accrington, Colne, Blackburn and Burnley.

Blackburn’s new store opened at the end of last month and plans for a new store in Clitheroe were approved by Ribble Valley Borough Council last week.

The scheme offers store assistant training in year one and store management training in years two and three with a salary of £5.15 per hour rising to £7.41 per hour and working towards a title of ‘deputy manager’.