At Vodafone, we owe our success to the outstanding people who make it happen for our customers every single day. We don’t just say we’re passionate about our people - we mean it. We always listen to what our people have to say. We always reward those who are dedicated to performing at their very best.
‘We’re at our best when you’re at yours’ are not just words, they are our beliefs. We provide our employees with a world of opportunities to help them discover and develop their talents. This not only enables them to make better professional contributions, but also enhances their personal growth.
We at Vodafone India subscribe to the philosophy of offering our internal talent opportunities, before scouting for external talent. We believe the greatest career rewards come from investing in our employees’ professional growth. For this purpose, we use an internal career opportunity process known as Career Explorer. Falling under Vodafone India’s resourcing initiative, it encourages internal movements within, as well as across, functions and locations.
Talent Framework at Vodafone
Our talent framework enables our leaders and high potential employees to maximise their potential. With a focus on “Raising the Bar” on talent, the framework combines both, Leadership Trainings and Global Talent programmes and practices.
Young Leaders Programme
Known as our signature accelerated leadership development programmes, these are specifically for high potential candidates in the mid- to senior-level management category.
The BOLT programme is aimed at middle-level management employees.
The Lighthouse programme is aimed at high-potential employees in senior management bands. Identified for senior management roles, these employees are taken through 12 months of accelerated leadership development programmes. Many of them are also exposed to group level opportunities, either through projects or deputations.
Global Inspire Programme
The Global Inspire Programme selects high potential and top performing employees in leadership roles from across the globe for nomination. Their careers are then tracked and the employees are subsequently provided with global learning opportunities.
This leadership development programme is specifically for our high potential employees in junior-level management. After being taken through 12 months of individual development, they are identified for several middle-level management roles. We seek to give them exposure at various important forums, as well as provide them with structured interaction via senior leadership through Know Your Talent (KYT) forum.
The Vodafone Discover programme is our signature cadre programme. It focuses on building future leaders from home-grown talent. Our future leaders are identified from top Business, Technology and Law schools across the nation and brought on-board "Discover".
The aim is to create the business leaders of tomorrow, by providing them with holistic, functional and cross-functional exposure. Each stint provides participants with training and exposure, leading them to discover the areas in which they can deliver their best, and add value to the organisation. By focusing on hiring bright and fresh talent, we power business growth through execution excellence on the ground.
Discover Programme Structure
Stints and Development Tracks
In the course of the programme, Discover graduates are exposed to job stints across different functions and get a chance to work in different locations across the country. This is based on their abilities as well as a predetermined path that ensures block-building experiences by playing different roles. Each stint optimises exposure to a particular function, thus offering trainees the chance to learn, as well as shadow and experience situations.
Assessment and Feedback
At the end of each stint, the trainees are assessed against their goals by a panel. They are also reviewed by senior leaders. The assessment result at the end of the programme is a key evaluation tool. After each assessment, the feedback given on the trainees’ strengths and development areas helps them to further develop and grow.
Columbus, a 2-year international assignment programme enables an international stint for only the top Discover Graduates. Its primary aim is to inspire trainees to develop into individuals with a global outlook, and turn them into future leaders.
Executive Trainee Programme
Our Executive Trainee programme, driven at the circle level, enables us to hire individuals for front-line roles, from local management and technology colleges. The programme deeply immerses trainees in the functional area that they are best suited for. After successfully completing the programme post 12 months, the trainees are absorbed for various entry level roles within Vodafone.