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RIDI Awards 2015 winners announced

Now in their second year, these coveted annual awards recognise progress and celebrate the success of organisations that are making headway in increasing the inclusion of disabled professionals. Submissions from a wide spectrum of sectors were shortlisted, with winning entries coming from organisations as diverse as Remploy, Lloyds Banking Group, and social enterprise SEQOL.

The event was made possible due to the generous support of & lsquo;Gold’ sponsors The Clear Company, E.ON, Eversheds and Guidant Group and & lsquo;Silver’ sponsors XL Catlin, de Poel Community, Diversity Jobs, DWF, Lloyd’s of London and the Northern Trust, as well as individual category sponsors.

The judging panel included senior representatives from organisations including E.ON, Eversheds, the Civil Service and HMRC.

Commenting on the awards, Kate Headley, Chair of the judging panel at the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative Awards (RIDI) & Development Director at the Clear Company, said, “The standard, and indeed volume, of entries this year was absolutely phenomenal. I think I speak for the entire panel when I say that picking winners from the vast array of quality submissions was incredibly difficult and caused much deliberation. Those taking home awards should be suitably proud of their efforts. This year’s winners demonstrate real progress in removing barriers in even the most high-pressure recruitment environments, and their case studies show that they’re succeeding in becoming disability confident.

“This diversity in organisations getting involved is indicative of a shifting tide in attitudes towards disability across the employment spectrum, which is having an immediate and tangible effect on the experience for disabled candidates. As our winners demonstrate, small changes in process can have a significant impact on the lives of successful candidates who may otherwise have not even responded to the job ad. It’s clear to see that awareness surrounding the issues facing disabled candidates is growing rapidly – and employers and recruiters are rallying in response. Amid this revolution in understanding, we’re already eagerly anticipating the progress that will be unveiled at the RIDI Awards 2016.”    

The winners of the awards were:

Most Progress – Sponsored by enei

Lloyds Banking Group

Overall Candidate Experience – Sponsored by Evenbreak

Leonard Cheshire Disability  

Employers Choice – Sponsored by The BIG I.D.E.A.

Clear Talents nominated by AbilityNet

Agency Choice – Sponsored by AbilityNet

Remploy nominated by Equal Approach

Individual Choice – Sponsored by CEB

BCL Legal

Disability Confident – In partnership with The Government’s Disability Confident Campaign


Reasonable Adjustments in Recruitment – Sponsored by Concept Northern

Clear Talents

Technology for Inclusion – Sponsored by Blackbridge

AbilityNet / Clear Talents

Innovation in Assessment – Sponsored by Resource Solutions


Extending the Reach – Sponsored by CEB

de Poel Community

Inclusive Partnership – Sponsored by hyphen

Equal Approach / Remploy

Training and Development – Sponsored by Equal Approach


Overall Winner – Sponsored by REED

de Poel Community



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