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RIDI urges employers to take part in Manpower visually impaired cricket match

The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) is urging employers to take part in Manpower’s visually impaired (VI) cricket match in May to raise awareness of what people with disabilities can offer employers.

At Manpower’s first event of this kind last year, a team of Manpower employees wearing blindfolds and simspecs played a match against the UK Women’s VI team.

The event is part of wider efforts within the recruitment industry across the UK to help reach the Government’s target of halving the employment gap between those with disabilities and those without by 2020.

The event will take place at Lambrook School in Ascot, Berkshire, on Tuesday 30th May.

Kate Headley, chair of the RIDI Awards Judging Panel, said, “Taking part in this event is a great way for employers to learn more about people with disabilities and how they can tap into this underused talent pool.  

“There are nearly 12 million people living with disabilities in the UK, but 79% do not have a job.

“The employment rate for people with disabilities lags well behind the employment rate across the wider population; this disability employment gap is around 30%, or just over 2 million people.”

Event organiser Gary Dunford, who is a solution architect for Manpower, added, “We want to build upon the success of last year’s event and are very keen to broaden participation to include clients and other employers.

“It might be a little daunting to be blindfolded while having a ball bowled at you from 22 yards away, but you might be surprised at how far confidence and a determination to succeed for the team will take you.

“The emphasis of the day is to concentrate on what a person is able to achieve, rather than how they may be limited. And I can assure that everyone will have fun along the way.

“We want more people to feel the benefit of inclusion as opposed to just hearing about it.”

If you want to take part in this year’s Manpower VI cricket event please contact Gary Dunford by email – – or call him on 07958 222414.

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