UK Technology Graduate Programme

Aggregate function:  Technology
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Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted:  5 Nov 2023
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this. 

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.

Who We Are 

We’re a global technology communications company that empowers people and businesses to stay connected and thrive in a digital world. With a focus on innovation, sustainability and earning customer loyalty, we leverage cutting-edge technology to offer products and services that enhance communication and improve lives.


At Vodafone Technology we are ONE tech team comprising more than 30,000 people across multiple countries. We are on an exciting journey to build new products and platforms across the UK. Here at Vodafone, we are building the future of a new generation of Telcos, with innovation at the forefront of everything we do. We have an industry leading Government Security team who work with the UK’s Intelligence agencies, Law enforcement, Military and Home Office (to name a few). We are here to ensure we utilise our expertise to develop, deliver and operate new and existing capabilities that protect the public, national security and ultimately save lives every day, all done within a detailed legislative framework

What you’ll do

Each journey in technology can look different, depending on the path you choose but all our streams offer a structured two-year development programme that will stretch and challenge you, as well as build your technical expertise. 
There are 3 sub-streams to the programme for you to choose from, and we’ll ask for your preference. Each sub-stream or technical discipline is designed to allow you to gain an in-depth exposure of tech in that field and its impact on our customers. 


1. Software Engineering

Did you know that over the last three years Vodafone has been building a world class software engineering capability, driven by some of the best industry minds? Vodafone sees Software Engineering as the art and discipline of delivering great quality software into services that delight our customers. Software Engineering is an every-growing area in Vodafone, and one that is critical to driving us forward from building our own unique customer experiences, buying quality solutions and inventing the future of communications. Our engineering teams are empowered to focus not just on what we deliver, but how we deliver world class software that we can all be proud of. 


Typical Placements: Across the rotations you will find yourself working within areas ranging from the Internet of Things, Cloud and Automation to Digital Architecture. Here, learning is focused on disciplines such as cloud solutions, networks, Digital customer experiences, portfolios as well as DevOps, CI/CD toolchains, new software lifecycles and agile methodologies. 

2. Network Development & Network Quality 

Vodafone UK Networks is part of a Single European Network Team, with a vision to maintain strong network performance focused on delivering a great experience to our customers in an effective way. We ensure all planning, engineering and smooth operation of Vodafone’s Networks across the UK.


As ONE network team, the team will remove duplication, deliver the best operational excellence, allow us to innovate at pace and drive true standardisation. We will do this by drawing on in-country expertise with the UK Chief Network Officer (CNO) who effectively cooperates with the rest of Networks and the local market while delivering a great service to our customers.


You will be working across teams, keeping our millions of people and businesses connected across the country. You could be helping to lead the engineering and delivery of voice & data services, coming up with new network solutions and commercial products, or helping constantly monitor the entire network. The next few years at Vodafone are predicted to be even more thrilling than ever before, as networks become virtualized, predictive, self-adapting, and ever more intelligent. 


Typical Placements: Across the rotations you will find yourself working within one of the core functional domains: Network Strategy Architecture Engineering, Network Development, Network Operations, and Network Quality.


3. Government Security

The Government Security Team are responsible for providing operational support to the UK Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies to ensure we meet our obligations under the Investigatory Powers Act.  
Technical solutions are at the heart of our ability to meet these obligations, and in the process, help fight serious organised crime and save lives.  We offer an industry leading capability and need the best people to ensure we maintain this.


You will learn about how these systems operate in the real world, how they are conceived, designed and how they are project managed through to delivery – you will also get to meet with the agencies that use them to fight crime, protect the UK against terrorism and save lives.
Our Government Security Graduate Scheme is designed for you to build skills in different areas of the department and help you become our future Government Security leaders and specialists.  


This role requires enhanced pre-employment screening and you must be a UK 


Typical Placements: Across the rotations, you will find yourself in one of the following roles, rotating through each to expand your knowledge and grow your expertise: Lawful Disclosure – a team working with life at risk investigations, IT engineering, Network engineering, Project management, Legislation and Policy Engagement and Innovation and design/capability development

What we offer


  • Competitive salary of £35,000 annually, sign on bonus of £1,000 plus annual performance bonus
  • 28 days holiday plus 3 days charity leave to work on projects of our choice, plus quarterly 'Spirit' days to focus on your wellbeing and mental health
  • Industry leading learning tools, market leading parental leave policies
  • We offer flexible working options that enable you to excel in a way that suits your needs.
  • An extensive and flexible benefits package including employee discounts, enhanced pension contributions and retail discounts


Who you are  


  • You don't just care about customers; you're obsessed with ensuring their satisfaction.
  • Your interpersonal skills are not just great; they're exceptional. You effortlessly connect with others.
  • Change isn't a challenge; it's an opportunity. You excel in dynamic environments.
  • Your thinking is innovative and forward-looking. You're the one who constantly seeks new, creative solutions.
  • If you hunger for growth, development, and new challenges, you're our kind of graduate. We thrive on your ambition.


Our Spirit behaviours are more than just words; they're our way of life. We're looking for graduates who embody these values every day.

Location: Our roles are based in our vibrant Newbury campus. 


Application details:   

  • Applications close 30th November 2023, however, we may close early if we’ve received some game changing applications – so make sure you apply early!  
  • A 2.2 in a tech related degree and recently graduated – i.e., a bachelors or masters obtained or to be obtained between June 2022 and August 2024   
  • You must also have the correct right to work documentation in place for the full programme duration. We do not accept the Graduate Route Visa.    


Please note that you can only make one application to one of our Discover programmes for 2024. We will only consider your first application. 


If you require any reasonable adjustments or have an accessibility request as part of your recruitment journey, for example, extended time or breaks in between online assessments, a sign language interpreter, or assistive technology, , please let us know at the following address:

Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded. We are committed to promoting Inclusion for All with the belief that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business. We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey.