Last week saw the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards. Launched in 2014, this year’s event was hosted in central London by Paralympics GB athlete, Sophia Warner.
“The RIDI Awards are the grand finale of a successful year-long campaign to create disability-confident recruiters and employers,” said chair of the judging panel, Kate Headley. “I’m sure all attendees will agree that the stories shared during this year’s ceremony are truly inspiring. Judging entries was, once again, challenging, but each one of our winners couldn’t be more deserving.
“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 winners are anything to go by we are getting much closer to creating a disability confident landscape for disabled job seekers,” she added.
The winners of the awards were:
Getting Started – sponsored by Kelly - John Lewis Partnership
Extending the Reach – sponsored by Manpower - Amey
Individual Choice – sponsored by E.ON - Carmichael UK
Disability Confident – presented by Disability Confident - Civil Service
Supply Chain – sponsored by Skanska - Guidant Group
Training & Development – sponsored by Resource Solutions - Lloyd’s
Reasonable Adjustments – presented by Sophie Christiansen - Manpower
Disability Specialist - sponsored by E.ON- PLUSS
Greatest Impact - sponsored by Oakleaf Partnership - Manpower
Jane Hatton, who joined the judging panel for the 2018 Awards, commented: “I’ve been following the work of RIDI since the organisation launched, but witnessing the incredible submissions that the judging panel have the privilege of reviewing from the inside this year was a true honour. Congratulations to all 2018’s winners - I have no doubt that celebrating and sharing best practice at ceremonies such as this has a positive impact on others determined to make a difference to disability inclusion in the workplace.”
The event was made possible due to the generous support of ‘Gold’ sponsors; Clear Company, E.ON, Eversheds Sutherland, Guidant Group, Lloyd’s and XL Catlin, ‘Silver’ sponsors; Amey, Chemical Code, DWF, LMG, Recite Me and ‘Bronze’ partners; Digital Accessibility Centre, Kelly and Wells Tobias as well as the 2018 awards sponsors; E.ON, Kelly, Manpower Group, Oakleaf Partnership, Resource Solutions and Skanska and supporting partner, Disability Confident.
The judging panel included senior representatives from organisations including HS2; Eversheds, Bloomberg and the Co-operative Group.