The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards are once again inviting entries from employers and recruiters. The awards celebrate progress and recognise the success of organisations that are making headway in increasing the inclusion of disabled people. They are now in their fourth year and are the recruitment industry’s only disability awards. The awards ceremony will be hosted by XL Catlin in their prestigious London offices on Thursday 15 March 2018. Submissions close on the 1st of February 2018 and the awards are free to enter and attend.
“Since the inception of RIDI in 2014, I have witnessed a groundswell of awareness and understanding around disability in the workplace and this is in no small part thanks to the work that all previous years’ Award winners are doing to shift the tide. However, we still have further to go,” says Kate Headley, Chair of RIDI. “According to our latest research, three quarters of disabled jobseekers find their condition impacts their job hunt, yet the signs are positive we’re on the cusp of change. The analysis threw up a number of examples of best practice, with those surveyed recounting positive recruitment experiences including: being offered a choice of contact method, extra time for assessments, fixed deadlines to plan applications, online interviews rather than face-to-face and an allocated parking space.
“RIDI promotes the idea that small changes in recruitment processes can have a huge impact on inclusion and previous winners have enforced that message: the recruiter who personally ensured a wheelchair user was able to make an interview, the consultancy which offers disabled candidates practice interviews to help build confidence and the businesses which are cascading disability confident messages throughout their supply chains,” she says.
Host, Paul Jardine, chief experience officer at XL Catlin, added: “I was inspired to get involved with RIDI because of the great work it does working with recruiters who want to drive disability confidence in the industry and reduce the disability employment gap. This work is incredibly important to ensure we give disabled people in the UK a real chance in the workplace. XL Catlin is proud to be hosting the RIDI Awards in 2018.”