RIDI Awards 2018 winners announced

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
Carmichael UK

Disability Confident – presented by Disability Confident
Civil Service

Supply Chain – sponsored by Skanska
Guidant Group

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.

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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