Vodafone unveils new graduate recruitment drive

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Operator aims to employ 400 from universities in the next five years

Vodafone is set to recruit 400 graduates in the next five years for its two year graduate programme.

To mark the announcement of the upgraded scheme, which has been extended from one year to two, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills Vince Cable will visit the operator’s head office in Newbury tomorrow (May 24).

The scheme will open in the Autumn and those selected will spend two months in a Vodafone store followed by a series of five month placements around the business.

Its previous scheme employed 50 people per year with 88 per cent of those completing the course in the last three years still working for the network.

Vodafone UK CEO Guy Laurence said: “Our graduates bring fresh thinking and energy into our business. I always spend time with them as their ideas are interesting and we can learn as much from them as they do from us.”

Secretary of state for business, innovation and skills Vince Cable added: “Graduate schemes like Vodafone’s help young people get started in their careers. They show the value of investing in young people who want to train and gain experience in a successful British business.”

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