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RIDI Awards entries up 44% YoY

Now in its second year, the awards celebrate progress and recognise the success of organisations that are making headway in increasing the inclusion of disabled talent.

Last year the awards attracted more than 50 applications across categories including Innovation in Assessment, Inclusive Partnerships, Employers’ Choice and Overall Candidate Experience.

Previous winners included Sky Blue Carillon, CEB/SHL, E:ON, the BBC, Sainsbury’s and Eversheds in partnership with Guidant Group, as well as many smaller employers and recruiters. This year, RIDI received 72 entries – representing a 44% increase year-on-year.

Commenting on the rise in submissions, Kate Headley, director of consulting at the Clear Company and spokesperson for the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative, said, "This year we have once again been bowled over by the volume and quality of entries. We have been inspired by the diversity and quality of the examples of companies taking steps to aid inclusion and it’s encouraging to see submissions from companies just beginning their journeys to become disability confident.

"This increase in engagement is indicative of a greater understanding of the challenges that jobseekers face, and fresh optimism amongst recruiters and employers who feel confident in helping disabled talent to overcome these hurdles. If awareness continues to grow at the current rate, just think what impact we can have over the next five years.”

Finalists will be announced on the 5th of October 2015.

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