ReConnect Newbury Event

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Have you been out of work for a year or more and want to get back into the world of work? Then this event is just what you need.

The Vodafone ReConnect programme is designed to attract talented people who have left the workplace for a year or more (to raise a family, or care for a relative) who would like to return to work on a full-time or flexible basis but are struggling to make the professional connections needed or refresh the skills required.

On 5th March 2018. Vodafone will be hosting an event to support people thinking of returning to work after a career break. We want to ensure that businesses don't let talented people and future leaders slip through their fingers.

Please join us for expert practical support, brilliant networking opportunities and a range of available jobs to apply for in an inclusive and welcoming environment. We're really excited about the event and the chance to help people take their first steps back towards work.

If you can't stay for the whole day, feel free to drop in and out when you can.

The event will include:

  • A careers fair from 12pm until 4pm with a number of companies advertising vacancies for returners

  • Interview Skills Workshop exploring competency-based questions and how to answer them

  • Rocking your LinkedIn profile workshop hosted by LinkedIn

  • Utilising Social Media to Job Search workshop, an interactive session to start setting up or improving your LinkedIn profile

  • Presenting with Confidence workshop run by conentrating on presentation styles and techniques

  • CV-writing drop-in sessions

  • A talk from Sharmini Selvarajah, Team Leader in the Returners Policy Team at the Government Equalities Office

  • A talk from Claire Marsh, CEO of the tech recruitment agency Lorien

  • A talk at 4pm from inspirational speaker, Tamara Lohan MBE, founder and owner of the luxury travel company Mr & Mrs Smith

  • An opportunity to network

  • Information on childcare

  • Tea and coffee throughout the day

Please book General Admission tickets and any extra tickets for workshops you wish to attend on the day. The same workshop will run at different times, so please only reserve one time slot per workshop.

Bring updated copies of your CV to make use of the CV-writing tips stand and to leave with potential employers.


Who should attend?

Though our ReConnect initiative targets women, ALL genders, ages and backgrounds are welcome. As a nationwide employer, we hire a variety of people from retail advisors to technology specialists.

Other than Vodafone, which employers will be attending?

Employers planned to attend include:

  • PepsiCo
  • TSB Bank
  • South Central Ambulance Service
  • West Berkshire Council
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Lorien

And there are more to be announced.

Is there parking available?

There will be limited prebooked parking on site on the day. However, there is plenty of parking available at Newbury Business Park, a 7 minute, free bus ride away on the Vodafone V2 bus service. Free buses also run from Newbury train station every 15 minutes. So please try to use public transport, or if you require parking on site, please email us with your name and car registration so we can reserve a space for you.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

For security reasons, the person attending must be the person named on the ticket.

I'd like to attend a workshop but all of the tickets have sold out, can I be put on a waiting list?

Yes. If you would like to attend a workshop which has sold out, please order a General Admission ticket and a ticket on the waiting list for the workshop you'd like to attend. We will let you know before the day, or will find you at the event, to inform you if a space has become available.

Do I need to stay for the whole day?

No, you are welcome to arrive and leave the event whenever works for you. However, it is important that you attend the workshops onto which you have booked, as there are restricted numbers for these.

Can I bring my children?

If it is not possible for you to arrange child care for the day, you are able to bring your child to the event. Please email us to request registration for your child. We also ask that your children be supervised at all times on the day.

What workshops are on offer?

There will be three different workshops running on the day:

  • Utilising Social Media to job search effectively.

  • Interview Skills focussing on popular competency-based interview questions and how to answer them.

  • LinkedIn will be hosting a workshop on how make the most of your LinkedIn profile.

Please reserve tickets on this page for the workshop you wish to attend. The same workshop will run at different times, so please only reserve one time slot per workshop.

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