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RIDI Awards finalists 2018 announced

The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) has released its shortlist for the 2018 RIDI Awards.

Now in their fourth year, the RIDI Awards celebrate progress and recognise the success of organisations that are making headway in increasing the inclusion of disabled professionals.

The 2018 entries came from organisations across the UK and from many new sectors, including transport, engineering, retail and professional services, reflecting RIDI’s sustained programme of outreach activity in 2017-18.

Shortlisted companies are below:

  • Amey 
  • Care Plus
  • CarmichaelUK
  • Civil Service
  • Civil Service Fast Team
  • Civil Service Workplace Adjustments Stream
  • Department for Transport
  • DWF
  • Enable – IPS Mental Health Employment Service
  • Equal Engineers
  • ON
  • Equal Approach
  • Guidant Group
  • HS2
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Kelly Services
  • Lloyd’s
  • ManpowerGroup
  • Pluss
  • Purple
  • Sopra Steria Recruitment
  • Ways into Work
  • Wells Tobias
  • West Yorkshire Police

Kate Headley, chair of judging panel, said, “The RIDI awards are part of a year-long campaign to create disability confident recruiters. From small beginnings in 2011, 2018 has seen the broadest ever spread of entries which now include major retailers, construction companies and yet again we doubled the number of recruitment companies entering. Judging was challenging; they are all winners in our view and there is some fantastic learning to be shared on awards night.

“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 finalists are anything to go by we are getting much closer to creating a disability confident landscape for disabled job seekers.”

Pete Holliday, managing director of Sopra Steria Recruitment, commented, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Training and Development category of the RIDIs. We want to help remove the barriers that disabled people face in finding work and are committed to inclusive recruitment practices.

“Our company embeds this value in our entire organisational approach, which is why training our recruiters to deliver an outstanding candidate experience for our disabled applicants is so important to us. The workshops, which were run by experts, equipped our employees with the skills they need to support our ambitions to be a champion of barrier-free recruitment.”

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the evening of the 15th March in central London. The winner of the Greatest Impact award, which is voted for by the judging panel and audience, will also be revealed on the night. 

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