International Women's Day 2021at Vodafone UK


To mark International Women’s Day this year, we want to shine a light on all the inspirational women at Vodafone and the amazing people who support them. This isn’t just about our high-flyers or the ‘usual’ faces: we want to uncover the people doing extraordinary things in their everyday life, the #ExtraordinaryInTheOrdinary.



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Life at Vodafone

Introducing the diaries of our virtual recruits

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Diversity & Inclusion

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9/21/2020

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During the lockdown, we continued to hire across the globe. We’ve continued to conduct interviews and we’ve continued to welcome new members into our teams. But this time it’s virtual.  Since the start of lockdown our digital journeys have been accelerated. We have welcomed over 345 new joiners in Vodafone Group-UK, alone. Our face-to-face interviews have moved to Skype and although many of our assessments were already online, more focus has gone into upskilling recruiters and improving the virtual assessment experience.  A lot has changed. Not just for our recruiting teams, but for our new joiners as well. Imagine joining a company without physically meeting anyone. Without ever stepping foot in your office. This has been the reality for many employees around the world. As we went into lockdown, we asked our new joiners to document their experience of joining a company virtually. We wanted to hear the truth about their excitement and concern in these uncertain times, and it’s been great to see from their video logs, that the experience has been positive.  This is how we #StayConnected while we #StayHome. In order to accommodate our new virtual lives, all of our new joiners are now invited to a virtual-induction which is spread out over the first week. They receive their IT equipment before day one, with clear guidance on how to set it up, and are involved in a week full of various activities and sessions to help them get started, feel included and get to know Vodafone better. Our employees have been inventing new ways to continue regular work-life, from home. From virtual cafés to surprise birthday cake deliveries. There are some perks to working from home. Like popping to your favourite bakery in between meetings or soaking up some well-needed vitamin D on a beautiful day. In many ways, these uninvited circumstances have brought us together in ways we didn’t expect. We’ve seen virtual yoga sessions, global webinars, we’ve even shifted from cards to videos for birthdays and those leaving us.  We appreciate these times are hard on everyone, but if you are currently looking for a new start, know that our recruitment process is all ready to go, from home. Check out our available opportunities now.  Search Careers 

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Here's how our new joiners have been getting on during lockdown!

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Meet Chloe - A Data Analyst Apprentice here at Vodafone

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Graduates & Students

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2/19/2019

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The level of exposure to projects and opportunities that I have experienced in my first year at Vodafone I believe is not something you would find anywhere else.  by Chloe Bruce  Hi I’m Chloe and I am a Data Analyst Apprentice working in the BI and Data Visualization team in Group Technology. Having received offers to study Business Accounting at university following the completion of my A-Levels, I decided an apprenticeship was a more suitable route for me. The opportunity for career progression whilst studying at the same time is what drove my decision. Before joining Vodafone, I was accepted onto a school leaver programme working in an audit role for a year and a half, at which point I decided it was not for me. Living locally to the Newbury HQ, I always had the desire to work for Vodafone given their reputation as a large corporate company. More specifically I have always wanted to work in the technology space due to its dynamic and innovative environment. When the opportunity came up to join the Data Analyst Apprenticeship programme here at Vodafone I thought it was one I couldn’t pass up.Compared to my previous experiences the culture and work life balance at Vodafone is unparalleled. Having to balance studying towards a Digital and Technology Solutions degree and my everyday role within my team at Vodafone, something quite daunting, has been made easy for me. My team have been very supportive and proactive in helping me to be successful on this apprenticeship programme. I used to play woman’s football at a semi-professional level something that I gave up due to previous work commitments, however since joining Vodafone this is something I have considered getting back into, as the work life balance here would allow me to commit to both. So far I am most proud of my work and contribution to the Data Quality Project. It has given me the opportunity to understand the benefits and business requirements of the project, right through to the implementation of the solution to our local markets. The level of exposure to projects and opportunities that I have experienced in my first year at Vodafone I believe is not something you would find anywhere else. 

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Women in Engineering: Katie's Career

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Technology

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6/23/2021

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Technical specialist Katie Pontin is now a six-year Vodafone veteran. “I’ve always had a passion for technology, but I didn’t have a clear idea of which career path to follow,” she says.“So I joined the technology graduate programme at Vodafone. They’re always at the forefront of innovation and technology. But from the outside, you’re not aware of all the individual roles available.”After spending time in retail, corporate security and operations, Katie soon found her calling in the networks team.“Working with new technologies, getting my hands on those at the forefront of innovation, and meeting customers’ demands, takes problem solving and creativity. It’s enjoyable to work through all that and reach the end goal,” she says.  Getting hands-on experience, even if you do something wrong, that’s the best way to learn. No question is a stupid question. I’ve been really lucky to have that support to try new things and not have a fear of failure  On International Women in Engineering Day, Katie’s advice to young girls and women considering a tech career is simple: “Don’t be afraid to get involved! The roles within engineering and technology are broad, so explore the options and don’t feel like you’re expected to know everything from day one.” Read more about Katie's story and pursue a career in technology today: Read More   Apply for Tech Roles

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For Women in Engineering day, Katie Pontin looks back at her career and offers her advice to women aspiring for a career in tech.

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Women in Engineering: Jasmine's Journey

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Graduates & Students

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6/21/2021

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Why did you decide to join Vodafone?“I knew about Vodafone from the media, friends and family and after some research, realised Vodafone apprenticeships offer great support to newcomers like me.  I have already learnt a huge amount and it is obvious that there are lots of future opportunities. Vodafone has admirably made a statement to give attention to females in the workplace by setting a goal of supporting female talent.  The target is to be recognised as the world’s best employer for women and this is one of the reasons why I decided to join Vodafone.” What do you do day to day? “The UK is divided into regions of which I cover the South-South Central area.  This takes me to places such as Reading, Slough, Bracknell, Guildford and Oxford.  Depending on the requirement, I collect new communication equipment from a local storage area before attending customer premises, cell sites and datacentres. There is a Service Level Agreement in place which determines the time I must complete the task.  For example, a common task I perform is to install patching (fibre cabling) into racks in the Vodafone Bracknell datacentre.I have also been assisting on a recent project by installing kit called Nokia 7250. For the Redstream Evolution project which is Vodafone’s next generation Ethernet-based aggregation network to support mobile, broadband and enterprise customer traffic from our footprint in BT exchanges. The Field Services team are delivering a large part of it!" The Field Services team I am in gives me access to a great support team and a huge area of technical knowledge which I can tap into.  What support have you received throughout your apprenticeship?“When visiting a site, I attend with another engineer who acts as my mentor.  They have also been through the apprenticeship scheme so has an understanding of what difficulties I may face.  I can call on them for technical advice and they are keen to assist where possible. We have weekly team meetings in place that we all attend to get to know the other team members, share our knowledge, as well as listen to any updates that may affect us. My manager is also one of the people who heavily supports me with regular catch ups if I have any concerns and also to see how I am progressing/developing throughout my apprenticeship.” Inspired by Jasmine’s experience? Head over to our Apprenticeship page to learn more about our opportunities and to register your interest today. Register your interest   

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We caught up with Jasmine to learn more about the Technology apprenticeship that she is currently doing with Vodafone and the support she has received to shape her career.

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