RIDI Awards 2018 winners announced
Photo : Say cheese! The finalists, winners and guests at the RIDI Awards 2018
The winners of the 2018 Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards were announced in March at an inclusive event in central London which was hosted by Paralympics GB athlete Sophia Warner.
Launched in 2014, the RIDI Awards celebrate progress and recognise the success of organisations that are making headway in increasing the inclusion of disabled jobseekers.
Chair of the Judging Panel, Kate Headley, said : “The RIDI Awards are the grand finale of a successful year-long campaign to create disability-confident recruiters and employers. I’m sure all attendees will agree that the stories shared during this year’s ceremony are truly inspiring. Judging entries was, once again, challenging, but each one of our winners couldn’t be more deserving.
“Thank you, as always, to our wonderful volunteer judges from external organisations, our executive board and generous sponsors who make continuing this incredible journey possible. We are not there yet, but if this year’s winners are anything to go by we are getting much closer to creating a disability confident landscape for disabled job seekers.”
Jane Hatton, who joined the judging panel for the 2018 Awards, added : “I’ve been following the work of RIDI since the organisation launched, but witnessing the incredible submissions that the judging panel have the privilege of reviewing from the inside this year was a true honour. Congratulations to all 2018’s winners – I have no doubt that celebrating and sharing best practice at ceremonies such as this has a positive impact on others determined to make a difference to disability inclusion in the workplace.”
The judging panel included senior representatives from organisations including HS2, Eversheds, Bloomberg and The Co-op.
“We are not there yet, but if this year’s winners are anything to go by we are getting much closer to creating a disability confident landscape for disabled job seekers.”
Photo : Smiling with pride. Winners of the RIDI Awards 2018
The winners of the awards were :
Getting Started – sponsored by Kelly
John Lewis Partnership
Extending the Reach – sponsored by Manpower
Individual Choice – sponsored by E.ON
Disability Confident – presented by Disability Confident
Supply Chain – sponsored by Skanska
Training & Development – sponsored by Resource Solutions
Reasonable Adjustments – presented by Sophie Christiansen
Disability Specialist – sponsored by E.ON
Greatest Impact – sponsored by Oakleaf Partnership
Photo : The Civil Service – Winners of the Disability Confident award
The event was made possible due to the generous support of ‘Gold’ sponsors; Clear Company, E.ON, Eversheds Sutherland, Guidant Group, Lloyd’s and XL Catlin, ‘Silver’ sponsors; Amey, Chemical Code, DWF, LMG, Recite Me and ‘Bronze’ partners; Digital Accessibility Centre, Kelly and Wells Tobias as well as the 2018 awards sponsors; E.ON, Kelly, Manpower Group, Oakleaf Partnership, Resource Solutions and Skanska and supporting partner, Disability Confident.
RIDI exists to create disability confident recruiters by raising awareness and removing barriers in order to help reduce the UK disability employment gap. But how can you get involved? Find out more about RIDI here.