International Day of Women and Girls in Science

 

Today we are recognising The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, because at present, only around 30% of all female students select Science, Technology Engineering or Maths related fields in higher education. 
 

This day was established 5 years ago, and it recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.  With gender equality being a global priority to all, today was implemented by UNESCO and UN-Women with an aim to promote women and girls into science.

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to make sure we’re supporting more women and girls into science and technology through a number of initiatives:

  • Vodafone have publicly pledged to be the world’s employer for women by 2025 globally!
  • In terms of recruitment, we aim for 50/50 gender split for candidate shortlists
  • Providing flexible working practices and our award winning ReConnect programme helps women who want to work in the Tech space a flexible way of re-entering the workplace. You can find out more about this programme here.


And finally in the Future Talent space…

  • Code Like A Girl – Teaching female students all the digital and coding skills they need for the workplace. In the past 3 years, 162 girls have completed the course.
  • App in a Day Workshops – As part of the Digital Creators’ Challenge, we ran ‘App in a Day’ workshops where students learnt how to code their own app. In total, 131 females attended these workshops.
  • Insight Days for local schools – An ongoing work experience initiative that shows children how exciting and innovative it is to work for a TechComms trailblazer, empowering female students to consider working in areas they haven’t before!



For more information about the International Day of Women and Girls in Science please visit: https://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/


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Life at Vodafone

5 minutes with HR Graduate, Kaneesha

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2/10/2020

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“Hi, my name is Kaneesha Banker and I’m an HR Discover Graduate in the Group Resourcing team. I started as an Intern in 2018 within Group Diversity & Inclusion, before joining the graduate scheme as an HR graduate - I’ve loved every minute!    Over the last year and a half, I’ve discovered new possibilities in each rotation and role. As we move onto achieving bigger things as a company, we’ve recently shifted to our new culture - the Spirit of Vodafone. The Spirit of Vodafone calls for us to place and live the four behaviours through all our work - earning customer loyalty, getting things done together, learning through experiments and creating the future. Vodafone has seen many changes to its purpose and culture but this one truly resonates. I am certain that this very culture will drive graduates, like myself, into 2020 with a positive impact on our teams, our organisation and our development. As Graduates, will aim to create the future with our pioneering spirits while working together with our colleagues and experimenting with new ways of delivering the best customer experience.   From a Resourcing point of view, future candidates will be Vodafone customers. During my final 8 months in the scheme, from January-September 2020, I will place these candidates at the heart of my goals - by consciously thinking of ways to improve each step within their application process: whether that is during the attracting, sourcing, assessing or onboarding stage. Given the limitless possibilities, I will look to introduce new concepts or tools supporting my goals and to also influence senior leaders and help in implementing the changes.    On a personal front, I also aim to contribute to the purpose of Vodafone - 'to connect for a better future.' As we place sustainability at our core, as we aim to improve the lives of millions of women around the world and as we ensure that we are always championing inclusion in its entirety, I will look to drive this purpose forward by ensuring that I contribute towards it by playing an active part as well as leading on various initiatives.”  Want to learn more about our graduate and student programmes? Click below.  Learn More  

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We caught 5 minutes with Kanessha. A HR Discover Graduate in the Group Resourcing team!

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Meet Dani – a passionate External Affairs Discover Graduate!

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“The climate crisis, political instability and ever-growing global inequality. These are few among the many challenges our generation – and those after us – are expected to tackle in our lifetime. That’s a big job – and a lot of pressure. In fact, it can sometimes feel like an impossible task. I wanted to solve all these problems at once, yet had no idea where to start. But Generation Possible makes me feel hopeful. To me, it means that I have the backing of a massive company, like Vodafone, to make change.   After graduating from a degree in Politics from the University of Cambridge in 2018, I was certain of a few things. I wanted to work for a trailblazing company that was a thought-leader in the industry. I wanted to work at the forefront of innovation with the latest cutting-edge emerging tech, AND I wanted to be as close to the action as possible where technology intersects with government and civil society.   So clearly, I wanted a lot. After a fair bit of research, it seemed as though I was aiming for an entry-level job which didn’t really exist for a fresh graduate. Most people working in this niche had decades of experience behind them – from multiple degrees, to time spent in international organisations such as the European Parliament, NATO and the United Nations.   But then I came across Vodafone’s External Affairs graduate scheme which ticked every single box for this impossible job I was after. With rotations in teams like Government Engagement, Public Policy and Vodafone Foundation, I am lucky enough to sit at the heart of the company. Helping drive our global strategy, dealing with market-moving information, and sat a five minute walk away from Vodafone Group’s CEO, Nick Read – I couldn’t be any closer to the action if I tried!   In External Affairs, I’m seen as part of the generation of innovators, digital disruptors and most importantly, change. Within my first few months in the company, I have been able to work alongside experts in their field on projects that have a direct impact in helping shape a digitally inclusive society. In my first rotation in Corporate Communications, I have supported the running of multiple global campaigns that have reached over one million people across the world.   Having worked on initiatives such as planet and sustainability, rural connectivity and gender equality, Vodafone has empowered me to feel as though anything and everything is possible if I want to be a driver of change. With the resources, tools and support from Vodafone to make things happen, the future really is exciting.” Want to learn more about our graduate and student programmes? Click below.  Learn More  

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Dani opens up about the tasks she faces within her role and how supporting on the Generation Possible campaign has made her feel more hopeful for future challenges her generation faces.

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Introducing Lucy – a HR Discover Graduate here at Vodafone

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“What a year 2019 has been! I graduated from University, moved to London and in September I started on the HR Discover Programme here at Vodafone. The first three months here have been an incredible journey: getting to grips with an innovative, constantly-changing company, as well as learning so much about myself in my first permanent job.   In 2020, I’ll experience three different rotations within the business. I’ll complete my current placement as a Business Specialist within Group Technology HR, start another six-month rotation in a completely different area, and to finish my year-long placement!   At the moment, I’m looking forward to making an impact in my current area. My goals for the placement have given me real responsibility within my business area, an exciting challenge to rise to as a graduate! One of my goals is to help my team to become more data-driven. Though I’ve still got three months to go and love my current placement, I’m also starting to look forward to a fresh challenge in March. Whatever I do next will be something completely new, and as someone who loves learning new things, I am excited about new knowledge, skills and experiences as I try out a different area of HR. Bring on 2020!” Want to learn more about our graduate and student programmes? Click below.  Learn More  

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Lucy shares what she’s been up to during her time as a HR Graduate!

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2018 Apprenticeships are launched
2018 Apprenticeships are launched

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This year, Vodafone have committed to recruiting in excess of 100 Apprentices across a number of business areas and we are looking for talented and committed individuals to come and join us!  Our roles are mainly in Technology but we also have some in Digital, Business and Customer Services & Operations roles available in various locations across the UK.Our apprenticeships provide you with an opportunity to work, learn and earn and we’ll make sure you have all the support and career development opportunities you’d need to not only gain a qualification in your field, but reach your potential.  Each apprenticeship is different, but you’ll spend anything between 12 – 42 months in a variety of different learning environments all the while, striving towards a full qualification in your field. Register your interest hereDon't just take our word for it though, check out the stories of some of our current and past apprentices on the posts below. 

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This year, Vodafone have committed to recruiting in excess of 100 Apprentices across a number of business areas and we are looking for talented and committed individuals to come and join us!

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