At the heart, our LGBT+ Friends Network connects and supports our people on lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT+) matters. Our network is open to everyone, a place where we can all make a positive difference to our workplace, customers and local communities. 


Our efforts don’t stop at the office. We’re proactively supporting local schools, charities and initiatives across the UK. We want tohelp future LGBT+ employees navigate the world of work and feel confident to be themselves.

                                                         

Who are we?

Our members come from every corner of the business, from retail and software development to customer care and partnerships, and everything in between. We have a volunteer steering committee made up of a chairperson, site leads and specialist roles, such as Trans Lead and Parenting Lead. The network is open to everyone, whatever their background or wherever they're based, and whether they identify as LGBT+ themselves or not. 


What's our purpose?


We want our people to be at their best and have a great experience working here. We champion LGBT+ inclusion and celebrate diversity at work and in the community. We support and educate our employees, managers and friends on LGBT+ matters. 


We’re very proud of our network. In the last few years, we’ve been recognised by the British LGBT Awards and Stonewall (we placed #19 in the 2020 Workplace Employee Index and have previously won their Best Employee Network Award). 


What do we do?

A lot! But to give a flavour: We provide confidential support for our employees. We bring people together in person (when circumstances allow) or online – this ranges from coffee meet-ups to after work social events, volunteer days or Virtual Pride. We also join with external partners like Out in Tech for networking sessions. Making sure all Vodafone’s services and products are inclusive for our customers is a big priority. We’ve worked with organisations like Career Accelerator and Micro Rainbow, and of course we support Pride events up and down the country. And there’s so much more! 


Supporting Pride

Brighton Pride

Vodafone were proud to be the wristband sponsors for the biggest Gay Pride in the UK; Brighton Pride.

Jason Nicholson, Brighton Store Manager: “Each year the entirety of Brighton (and most other cities in the south) get together to celebrate equality and inclusion in the form of a wonderfully colourful, exciting and utterly fabulous Pride Festival. Brighton has always been a city at the forefront of inclusion and for years we have wanted to show our support by having some sort of involvement in the Pride Festival, this year our wish has come true and we are extremely proud to be able to fly the rainbow flag in our Vodafone colours. To us Brighton Pride isn’t just about the LGBT+ community, it’s about bringing everyone together in peace, love and harmony.”


London Pride

VOXI marched at London Pride with over 100 of our employees leading the march. VOXI aims to give young people a platform to express themselves via endless social media and we're proud to celebrate diversity and inclusion alongside them. The VOXI concept for Pride is “Endless love”, the modification of VOXI’s strapline “Endless possibilities” - Love takes different shapes and forms, it means different things for all of us and the opportunities are endless.


Pride at Vodafone




We love Pride season at Vodafone. It gives us the chance to celebrate diversity and inclusivity in our networks, for our employees, our customers, with our friends in other company networks and LGBT+ organisations.



We’ve taken part in many Pride events across the country. Even though that wasn’t possible to do in the same way in 2020, we organised a Virtual Pride. This featured special speaker events with Olly Pike, a comedy hour with Catherine Bohart and Sarah Keyworth, as well as competitions and weekly Pride Radio shows. We’ve continued to stay engaged with our local communities and LGBT+ organisations.


For our Graduates

In partnership with OutNow we published research into the experience young LGBT+ people have at work. Results showed that over 41% of 18-25 year olds who were open about their sexual orientation or gender identity at university or college hide their identity when they start work.
We want everyone who works for Vodafone to feel that they belong.  This is why we offer all graduates an LGBT+ buddy when they join. Look out for this in your offer letter! We also encourage all employees to become allies in our Friends of LGBT+ scheme. 


In the community

Vodafone’s LGBT+ Friends Network is a community beyond the workplace. We’re proud to connect with organisations country-wide on LGBT+ inclusion. We’ve made a difference by partnering with Career Accelerator to provide LGBT+ mentors to disadvantaged schoolchildren pursuing a career in technology. We’ve created podcasts with Mermaids, Hidayah and Micro Rainbow, and curated webinars with KeshetUK, Hidayah and Gendered Intelligence. We have also provided professional services to LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers and raised thousands of pounds for LGBT+ organisations throughout the UK.


We're delighted to say that all new global graduates will now be offered an LGBT+ buddy. If you're joining Vodafone, look out for this in your offer letter! 

We as a community continue to work with employees across Vodafone but if you're thinking about joining Vodafone and want to ask us some questions or want to know more about LGBT+ at Vodafone please contact our mail box: lgbt@vodafone.com.

Be part of something amazing and join Vodafone!


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Life at Vodafone

Women in Engineering: Katie's Career

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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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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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Women in Engineering: Niru's Experience

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“Hi, I’m Niru & I joined Vodafone Group as a Software Engineering Technology Graduate. I decided Vodafone would be the best place for me as the people I met during my interviewing process were genuine, supportive and kind. There is also the Vodafone Foundation which eased my decision in joining Vodafone as I knew I’d be working with a company that actively helps around the world. I wanted to do a graduate scheme as my academic background was technical, and I wanted to understand where I could use and develop technical and soft skills, while understanding the business aspects of a corporate company.   I have had a great experience since joining the graduate scheme! I’ve rotated 3 times, exploring different parts of the Vodafone Technology function. I worked on projects that involved working with a robot, learnt how to map APIs and experimented with new machine learning techniques. My highlight of the graduate scheme was running my own data science workshops both in person and virtually. The pandemic didn’t put too much strain on my learning or development with Vodafone, as they are digitally advanced in keeping productivity levels the same as working in the office and they took extra measures to make sure the graduates were not missing out on the graduate experience. I have now offboarded into a data scientist role within Group Business and I couldn't have done this without the amazing support from our HR teams, all the managers that mentored me, and all the colleagues I met that gave me advice on facilitating my career within Vodafone. I would highly recommend the graduate Tech scheme to anyone that’s willing to learn and grow in a healthy work environment and experiment with new ideas.”  If you are interested in starting out a career in technology, head over to our Early Careers page to learn more about our graduate programme and register your interest today. Register your Interest  

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As part of Women in Engineering day, we heard from Niru about her experience within Software engineering, as well as her time on our Technology graduate programme.

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Vodafone UK creating a digital future for all

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"My vision revolves around two things. One, offering the very best products and services to our customers. Two, building a future that is sustainable, inclusive and fair. They are inherently interlinked, and I think Vodafone is uniquely placed to make them a reality." Closing the digital divide "I also want us to use our technology to help build a digital future that’s better for everyone."  Digital inclusion – connecting the disconnected – is a core part of our purpose as a company. "Technology can enhance our lives in so many ways – just think how much we do online these days, particularly as a result of the pandemic lockdowns. But many people don’t have access to it. And even if they do, many don’t know how to make the most of it. We want to change that, because digital inclusion – connecting the disconnected – is a core part of our purpose as a company." Protecting our planet"We’ve already done a lot to reduce our carbon footprint using science-based targets.""But now we’re going further, faster. We’re pledging to eliminate all carbon emissions from our own activities by 2027 and those of our suppliers by 2030." "We’re building a digital future that’s sustainable, inclusive, and fair for all the communities we serve."#TogetherWeCan Join us on our mission to protect the planet and close the digital divide - Search for jobs today. Read More   Search for Jobs

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CEO of Vodafone UK, Ahmed Essam outlines his vision for creating a digital future that’s sustainable, inclusive and fair.

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