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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OUTstanding’s LGBT+ Role Model List 2020 honours Vodafone UK employee

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Diversity & Inclusion

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1/19/2021

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Software Engineer James D’Rozario recognised for his training, mentoring and fundraising efforts. James D’Rozario, a software engineer at Vodafone UK, has been included in the OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leaders Role Model List 2020. OUTstanding is part of INvolve, a global network promoting diversity and inclusion in business.  James, who joined Vodafone UK as a graduate in 2017, has been instrumental in numerous initiatives both inside and outside the company. He helped establish Vodafone’s LGBT+ Friends Network in London and helped lead the company’s LGBT+ inclusion training for graduates and apprentices. Outside Vodafone, James partnered with Career Accelerator to help organise LGBT+ mentors for disadvantaged schoolchildren in London to encourage them to pursue tech careers. He has also raised more than £35,000 for LGBT+ charities, while working on podcasts for Hidayah, Mermaids and Micro Rainbow. OUTstanding’s LGBT+ Role Model Lists, which are supported by Yahoo Finance, showcase future leaders who are successful in business and also make a significant contribution to LGBT+ inclusion in the UK, Ireland, Europe, Canada and the US. James said: “Being recognised as an OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model is not just professionally significant, but deeply personal, too. When joining Vodafone, it was my hope that sharing my personal story would inspire others to be their authentic selves.  “I have learnt self-love, confidence and a gained sense of community I’ve never experienced before, and with this external recognition I only hope to reach more LGBT+ people with my work to show that we can be both proud and successful. “I must extend a huge thank you to Vodafone’s LGBT+ Friends Network, the Diversity & Inclusion team, and Vodafone’s management for their support and encouragement. It truly does feel like together we are trailblazers for inclusivity in the technology industry.”  Vodafone UK’s efforts as a LGBT-inclusive employer have been recognised by Stonewall, which ranked the company highly in its 2020 Workplace Equality Index at number 19. Vodafone UK also supports its trans customers with help such as a simplified ‘Name Change’ process. Read More on our News Centre   Join us

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We wanted to take this opporuitniy to recognise very own Software Engineer, James d’Rozario who has been included in the OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leaders Role Model List 2020!

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Opportunities, Growth and Networking: An Insight into Sales at Vodafone

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B2B

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8/17/2020

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"Hi, I’m Andi Soric and I head up the London Acquisition Team within Vodafone Regional Business!  Vodafone Business is one of the most recognised B2B technology organisations in the UK, and I’m lucky enough to work in one of its fastest-growing markets, London. My role includes consulting and managing the growth of some of the world’s most known brands and organisations. The demand, especially within the technology, professional services, and the commerce space, in London means there’s so much a variety of opportunities. Alongside that, as London’s regional business team grows, there is a great opportunity to grow with it, and since I’ve been here we have had the pleasure of promoting almost 50% of the workforce into more senior, targeted specific sales roles. Despite everything going on at the moment, we haven’t stopped our training and development but moved our office based academy training sessions to online coaching and deal clinics! This is where we review deals, construct role-play conversations, and prepare detailed pre-meeting plans to ensure our teams are as prepped as possible. We deliver this learning environment with a key focus on creating a feedback hungry environment, which means individuals proactively gain an awareness of what they’re doing brilliantly, but also what they can improve. Apart from the odd weekly quiz (despite being slightly quizzed), we hold weekly sessions where individuals in the team can share best practice, share success stories whilst learning about different products and areas around the business.   For our new starters, we have a ‘buddy scheme’ whereby we allocate a team mate to have regular catch ups with the new member! We’ve found this helps the new joiner gain a quicker and more detailed insight into the business. We’ve also widened this community and have a monthly “new starter” call where joiners can meet other colleagues who are new too. It’s a platform to share insight, network and support one another. It’s a great initiative which we have had great feedback on”.  Search Jobs   

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Having been with Vodafone for almost two and a half years, Andi Soric shares what a career within Regional Business is like as well as the brilliant opportunities and training Vodafone sales provides.

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