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.

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.