07 Feb 2022
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Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative welcomes Harjit Bansal

The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) is delighted to announce that Harjit Bansal, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) will be joining the RIDI Executive board.

NELFT won the Making a Difference – Public Sector, category at the 2021 RIDI awards and went on to win the Greatest Impact award which is voted for by attendees on the night.  They take up a 12 month Executive Team membership and join the Clear Company, DWF, Lloyd’s of London, Evenbreak, HS2, NHS Employers and Guidant Global who continue their longstanding association with RIDI.

Providing advice and encouraging best practice

RIDI is a voluntary group that has worked with in-house recruiters and recruitment consultancies since 2011 to influence change and encourage best practice. It provides practical, proactive advice for businesses seeking to invest in disabled talent and as organisations begin to plan for long term return to work the need for a holistic approach to disability inclusion is more vital than ever.

Much of RIDI’s success in creating change comes from the partnerships the leadership team have developed, enabling educational activity such as roundtables and research to take place throughout the year. The annual RIDI Awards are now in their eighth year and celebrate the pioneering employers and recruiters who are safeguarding and progressing opportunities for disabled job seekers through accessible and equitable employment policies and processes.

“NELFT has a long-standing commitment to ensuring our services and employment practices are fair, accessible, and appropriate for the diverse community we serve and the workforce we employ.  We are progressing our journey to becoming a Disability Confident Employer and are delighted to join the Executive Team at RIDI” commented Harjit Bansal.

Kate Headley, Director of the Clear Company, RIDI Chair and UK Government Disability and Access Ambassador for the Recruitment Sector commented “NELFT were deserved winners of the Greatest Impact Award and we’re delighted that Harjit is bringing her expertise to RIDI in what promises to be an exciting year.  We have an unparalleled opportunity to build disability inclusion and equity into our recruitment processes ensuring that employers can be confident in attracting and retaining disabled talent.”