As a large employer of young people we are well placed to support them to develop their skills.
Our commitment to provide 100,000 digital work experience opportunities to young people aged 26 and under by 2022 has already been achieved through our digital work experience programmes, apprenticeships, intern and graduate schemes.
Our 2022 goal
We have provided a total of 168,899 digital learning experiences since April 2018, with over 113,322 in FY20
Digital work experience
Our work experience programmes encompass a number of different initiatives, including one-week placements, job shadowing and insight-into-work days, alongside innovative experiences such as our Coding Tomorrow programme in Turkey and #Codelikeagirl, which offers 14 to 18-year-old girls immersive digital training during the school holidays.
Since its launch in 2017, Vodafone’s #Codelikeagirl programme has reached over 3,000 girls in 23 markets. The programme, launched in partnership with Code First: Girls, has the mission to tackle the disproportion of girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
Through the programme, we offer girls aged 14–18 an immersive one week digital experience where they learn to code a website. The training the girls receive provides basic knowledge of computer languages and development programs, allowing them to gain skills for the future.
In Turkey, the Vodafone Turkey Foundation launched its Coding Tomorrow project in 2016 with the aim of tackling the digital divide by providing children aged 7–14 with free training in coding and robotics, along with other essential skills for future employment.
Our internship programmes provide opportunities for undergraduate students to work with us for up to six months while they complete their degree. These opportunities expose students to challenging business-critical activities and projects, enabling them to gain relevant business experience to support their studies. Participants can apply to return to Vodafone once they have graduated and can participate in our Discover graduate programme. During the year, 1,747 young people gained an experience of Vodafone’s digital workplace through our internship programmes around the world.
This year, Vodafone Group piloted its Explore Industrial Placement internship programme with a small group of students currently studying in the UK. The placement year is for students in their third year of studies who need to complete a placement in business as part of their course. The students join a team in Vodafone for the year with the aim of joining the Discover graduate programme after graduation. Following the completion of the pilot, we hope to attract 60 students to the placement programme next year.
In Spain, the Vodafone yu New Talent internship programme is aimed at students in the final year of their bachelor’s or master’s degree. Participants combine part-time work at Vodafone with their academic studies. Last year, 76 interns participated in the programme.
We continue to expand our vocational training and apprenticeships across our business. These programmes enable young people who have chosen not to go to university to join Vodafone in permanent roles while being supported through continuous learning in order to gain a formal qualification in their chosen fields.
During 2019, 400 young people joined one of our apprenticeship schemes. We offer opportunities at the heart of our operations with our Technology and Customer care divisions.
In the UK, we offer advanced, higher and degree apprenticeships to students aged over 16. These include a wide variety of apprenticeships across our business. For example, customer service and operations apprentices join to support our customer-facing activities. Technology apprentices are given the opportunity to work in areas such as cybersecurity and network engineering.
Apprenticeships are a good alternative for high school students who do not want to pursue an academic education before starting work. Vodafone Germany offers apprenticeships in three areas: consumer retail, customer care and technology. All our apprenticeships last between 2.5 and 3.5 years, during which time participants combine part-time work at Vodafone with their studies at vocational schools. Since 2013, Vodafone Germany has hired between 90 and 105 apprentices every year.
Our Discover graduate programme, which has been running for over ten years, offers young people with a bachelor’s or master’s degree a series of assignments across our business areas and local markets. Since its launch ten years ago, over 6,100 graduates have joined the programme, with 805 recruited this year. Our Discover programme is highly diverse; this year new entrants were recruited from 22 different countries, of which 50% were female.
Our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunuties for all.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
We believe urgent action is needed to help young people develop their digital skills and access learning and employment opportunities that will help them thrive in the digital economy. Our commitment to support young people to address these dual challenges are predominantly addressed through SDG 8, which aims to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
We believe we can have the greatest impact on five of the UN SDGs through our networks, products and services and through the work of the Vodafone Foundation.
Learn more about inclusion for all
Challenging the ‘mobile gender gap’ of approximately 200 million women deprived of the benefits of mobile ownership.
Vodafone is committed to doing our part to support digital learning and digital skills for youth.
Download our Annual Report 2020
which provides detail on our sustainable business strategy, approach, focus areas and progress