RIDI Awards 2019: removing the barriers for disabled jobseekers

RIDI - Kate Headley, Chair of RIDI, and Liz Johnson, Paralympic gold medallist and host of the awards

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.

Majority of employers struggle to know where to source disabled talent

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The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) has launched RIDI 100: a directory of recruitment service providers which are committed to the inclusion of disabled jobseekers. The introduction of the resource comes in response to a survey of internal hiring managers which found that 70% of employers struggle to know where to source disabled talent. The same study found that just 11% of HR professionals feel ‘confident’ in knowing where to find candidates with a disability. 

Sport and leisure sector offers golden opportunity for training and employment in Essex

Sport and leisure sector offers golden opportunity for training and employment in Essex

New research shows that the significance of sport to the Essex economy is comparable with other industries including burdening creative industries in driving employment growth. Over 11,000 new jobs in sports and leisure could be created, to add to the 21,400 already employed in the sector.

Active Essex, the county sports partnership for Greater Essex, and Creative Sport & Leisure Ltd, specialists in apprenticeships and work-based learning, have unveiled a new Sport Skills Strategy and Action Plan based on new research that identifies the need to develop a highly skilled, dynamic and diverse workforce in the sport and leisure sector.

New report finds gap between government ambition and reality for supporting disabled jobseekers

·        New report commissioned by ERSA from WPI Economics looks at the rhetoric and the reality of the government’s commitment to halving the disability employment gap.

·        The proposed 80% reduction in funding means 45,000 fewer disabled people will access specialist employment support in every remaining year of this Parliament.

·        Doubling resources would give an extra 160,000 disabled people access to appropriate support and bring Exchequer savings of £280 million.

Essex champions job opportunities for disabled people

Essex is championing employment opportunities for disabled people and aiming to find jobs for hundreds of residents.

Essex County Council has pledged to become one of Britain’s first accredited employers under the Department for Work and Pension’s nationwide Disability Confident campaign, and is now challenging other Essex businesses to close the disability employment gap.

We want disabled people to make up at least 7.5% of the council’s workforce by 2018, from 300 to 500 employees.

The county’s first candidate, Chelsey Reynolds, impressed so much during three weeks’ work experience at County Hall, Chelmsford, that she secured a full-time role as a Communications Officer – something she previously thought was out of reach.

Titanic Belfast New Product Offering ‘in the Bag’

Titanic Belfast’s retail offering adds a new product line in partnership with Ulster Supported Employment Ltd (USEL), a leading provider that helps people with disabilities and health related conditions into employment in Northern Ireland, as part of its Year of Access.

The world-class visitor attraction is working with the organisation’s trading brand, the Vintage Satchel Company, which delivers direct employment to people with disabilities in North Belfast, to sell authentic local products.

Carers dropping out of education and getting lower grades due to inadequate support from education services

Carers report dropping out of education or getting lower grades due to inadequate support from education services.

The life chances of many of the 6.5 million people in the UK who care, unpaid, for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend, are being damaged by inadequate support from education services, according to new research launched today for Carers Week 2016 [1].  Carers aged 18 and over in education or training [2] reported significant barriers to being able to balance caring for a family member or friend with their studies:

Trust welcomes calls for specialist support to get disabled people into work

Papworth Trust has today welcomed a select committee’s Welfare to Work report which calls for greater support for getting people with complex needs back into work.

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Among other recommendations, the Work and Pensions Committee have called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to maintain, and ideally, expand a separate specialist scheme for people with substantial disabilities.