The winners of the 2019 Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards have been announced at an exclusive event in central London hosted by Paralympian gold medallist, Liz Johnson.
Launched in 2014, the RIDI Awards celebrate and showcase companies that are making progress in removing the barriers for disabled jobseekers.
Chair of the Judging Panel, Kate Headley, commented: “The RIDI Awards are the culmination of another year’s hard work campaigning for greater inclusion for disabled professionals. This year’s entries were extremely strong, and all of the stories that were shared with us were truly inspiring. Singling out winners from such a strong pool of applications was tough, but we believe the winners we have chosen were truly exceptional. I’d especially like to praise the strength and number of entries in the Getting Started category. With more companies than ever beginning their Disability Confidence journey, there’s every reason to be optimistic for the future.’’
“I’d also like to thank our judges, who have volunteered their time in order to make this incredible journey possible. While there’s still a long way to go, judging by the progress made this year - we are getting much closer to real change. I firmly believe that we are on the path to creating a Disability Confident landscape for all disabled job seekers.”
The event was made possible due to the support of ‘Gold’ sponsors such as AXA XL, DWF, Clear Company, E.ON, Guidant Global and Lloyd’s; ‘Silver’ sponsors, including Amey, Chemical Code, LMG, Markel and Recite Me; and ‘Bronze’ partners, such as Digital Accessibility Centre, Disability Confident, Kelly and Wells Tobias
The judging panel included senior representatives from a variety of organisation, namely: Paul Awcock, Head of Talent Sourcing at Lloyd’s, Ty Jones, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Engagement at DWF, and Jane Hatton, Director at Evenbreak.
The winners of this year’s awards were:
• Getting Started – 24-7 Recruitment
• Disability Confident – HS2
• Reasonable Adjustments – Virgin Media
• Supply Chain – HS2
• Training & Development – Digital Accessibility Centre
• Disability Specialist – Clarity
• Extending the Reach – Civil Service Fast Stream
• Individual Choice – 24-7 Recruitment
The winner of the Greatest Impact award, voted for by attendees on the night, was Clarity & Co.
For more information on RIDI, see the website.
Photo: Kate Headley, Chair of RIDI, and Liz Johnson, Paralympic gold medallist and host of the awards.