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Technology Industrial Placement Programme


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From using drones to supply medical supplies to rural communities, to helping bridge the digital gap for over 1.5 billion school kids across the world and powering our European network with 100% renewable resources, we don’t just speak about change. We lead with change.  

Tech 2025 | Vodafone

Welcome to 2025. Vodafone Technology’s Tech 2025 strategy is committed to: Building in-house new, scaled platforms.

At Vodafone, we empower you so that your voice can be heard and carried forward. So that your ambition can be backed and made bigger. We want all our graduates and students to be able to make an impact on our customers, the world, and their careers.

Technology Industrial Placement Programme

Start date: June 2023 
Duration of Programme: 12 months
Salary: £21,000
Location*: All roles are based within the UK in either our vibrant Newbury or London Paddington campus. 

What you need:  

  • To be on track for a 2:2 in a STEM BA/BSc/Integrated Masters degree; 
  • You will need to be in your penultimate year of study; eg: in the third year of a four-year degree
  • You must have the right to work in the UK for the full year. 

Application close date: 13th November 2022, however, we may close early if we’ve received some game changing applications – so make sure you apply early!  

What you need to submit: You will only need to upload your CV as part of the application. You do not need to upload a cover letter as it will not be reviewed as part of your application.   

*Flexible working options: Our blended working approach means you’ll come to your contracted hub location office as and when needed to get things done for your role and for tasks that require it, otherwise you will be able to work from home.

As a guide, you can expect to be in the office 40% time, and we encourage you to find the right blend for you and your team. 

Please note that you can only make one application to one of our Industrial Placement programmes for 2023. We will only consider your first application.  

Tech at Vodafone 

At Vodafone Technology, the collective imagination of thousands of engineers and developers brings innovation to the market. 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 Europe and Africa.  

Imagine keyboards that grow on any surface using nanotechnology, and smart stickers with years of battery life that keep track of your valuables. The technology of the future will do more with less, meaning fewer phones, fewer computers and less electronic waste. 

It’s a great chance for you to join us, break new ground and explore and learn the endless possibilities in the ever-changing world of tech. With technology driving 5G, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, there’s plenty to get involved with, and we are looking for ambitious, innovative and driven students with a passion for all things Tech to push Vodafone forward.  

Our Technology programme has three sub streams, and you have the opportunity to influence the area you work in for the 12 months by selecting preferences during the application process. We will do our best to match you to the most appropriate role to your skills, capabilities and career aspirations. Choose what is right for you.

  • 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.

As part of this sub-stream, you can expect to be gaining skills through a placement in 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. 

  • Network Engineering

We’re continually building and enhancing our best ever network that connects millions of people and businesses across the country. As part of this sub-stream, you could be a part of the team that makes the magic happen, bringing gigafast speed and innovation to our customers.

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. So if you’re blown away by the technology keeping networks connected across different countries 24/7 that enable people and business to change the world… then the network engineering stream is for you! 

Within this sub-stream, you could find yourself learning in a placement within (but not limited to) network operations (fixed, mobile & TV), radio & transmission, technology strategy and architecture, I.T operations, cloud & virtualisation while obtaining core learning in the area of network engineering. 

  • Big Data, Insights & Analytics 

The way our customers use data is as varied as it is complex. So, everything we do to drive Big Data and analytics forward at Vodafone is summed up in our philosophy: think big, start small, scale fast. There are so many possibilities for change and growth; thousands of ways to deliver experiences that are as unique as each of our customers. 

Working across various teams focused on Big Data, BI, AI & Robotics, to name a few, using predictive, prescriptive and cognitive analysis to reveal and create the impossible through insight and design. You will get to be a part of the Data Revolution! From apps to chatbots, Artificial Intelligence to Internet of Things, being a part of this sub-stream gives you a chance to explore, experiment and expand on what’s possible. 

You might find yourself placed in teams including, but not limited to, Big Data Science, Big Data Delivery, Big Data Architecture, Business Intelligence, Technology Shared Services and the Internet of things.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, the ability to analyse problems and offer outside of the box solutions;
  • Able to adapt to different areas and ready to apply your skills to something new;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Embodying our Spirit behaviours;
  • Demonstrate creativity and adaptability; 
  • Curiosity and passion for technology, how things work and the future of digital;
  • Proficiency in English.

What’s in it for you: 

  • The opportunity to work to deliver world-leading technology to empower both Business and Consumer customers around the world to build our digital future;
  • Real exposure to technology and the ability to immerse yourself in the challenging technical projects;
  • Having business exposure and accountability from day one;
  • Being part of a large community of placement students;
  • The opportunity to be fast tracked onto one of our graduate programmes;
  • Investment in your personal development with forward thinking digital learning opportunities;
  • Learning from industry experts that facilitate a focused professional development to enable you to take your career forwards;
  • Flexible working and fast paced environment;
  • A focus on innovation and doing things differently.

Vodafone is committed to making reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process for all candidates considered to have a disability. If you have any questions or requirements, please let us know at the following address:  

Whatever your degree is or wherever your passion lies, you’ll have the freedom to experience different rotations and projects, so you can discover what you enjoy the most.

And if you’re open to learning, pushing boundaries, and making the most of every opportunity, then there’s nothing stopping you from Acting Up, and making the kind of change you’ve always wanted to.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: January 11th, 2023
  • Starting: June 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £21,000 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • 12 months
  • Newbury (Berkshire) and Paddington (London)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Information Technology
  • Software
  • Web Development

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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