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RIDI Awards 2018 Winners Announced

The 2018 RIDI Awards were presented by Paralympian Sophia Warner tonight at our ceremony hosted by our Gold Partner XL Catlin at its head office in London.

The RIDI awards are the only awards that exclusively celebrate the commitment of organisations to improve the prospects for disabled jobseekers.

The 2018 winners are made up of organisations from numerous sectors across the UK, which shows the growing appeal of the RIDI awards.

Getting Started Award winner:

John Lewis Partnership

In 2016 the John Lewis Partnership embarked on a journey to make its recruitment process more accessible for disabled candidates. 12 months later the organisation achieved its initial aim of becoming a Disability Confident employer. It has done very well to make its recruitment process more accessible for disabled candidates over a relatively quick period.

Individual Choice Award winner:

CarmichaelUK (nominated by Jamie Winter)

Jamie Winter wanted to return to work after experiencing health problems that meant he had to leave his previous job. CarmichaelUK worked brilliantly to support him and helped him get a new job as an Engineering Administrator working on the A14 road project.

Extending The Reach Award winner:

Amey Consulting

In 2016 Amey launched its supported disability-internship, Amey Streets Ahead. Two of the six students who took part in the internship went on to gain permanent employment with Amey. The disability-internship is being repeated for 2017-8, and expanded to Amey’s Liverpool office for 2018.

Reasonable Adjustments In Recruitment Award winner:

Manpower Group

Manpower was able to place a deaf candidate into a role at EMC in June 2017 through adjustments in the assessment, training delivery, and in-job support. A further three hearing impaired candidates were placed in November 2017 and another will be starting shortly.

Disability Confident Award winner:

The Civil Service

The Civil Service has led the way in supporting the Disability Confident scheme, with all main Government departments achieving Disability Confident Leader (level 3) status. It has established robust foundations to drive continuous improvement and sustainable change.

Supply Chain Management Award winner:

Guidant Group

The company has worked proactively to lead and influence its supply chain and clients on disability confidence and shown that it takes its responsibility to grow disability inclusion very seriously. To date 38 of its suppliers (and 17 clients) have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme.

Training & Development Award winner:

Lloyd’s of London

The disability confidence of Lloyd’s as an organisation and as a Market has grown considerably thanks to training and development. As a result Lloyd’s now attracts increased numbers of disabled job seekers who are comfortable and confident in sharing information about their disability.

Disability Specialist Award winner:


Pluss is a social enterprise that inspires thousands of people with disabilities to achieve their true employment potential. In the next five years, Pluss will help over 75,000 people move towards and into employment. Pluss works with over 3,000 employers and is a national partner in the Disability Confident scheme.

Greatest Impact Award winner:

Manpower Group (voted by the audience at the awards ceremony)

Kate Headley, Chair of Judging Panel, said: “Huge congratulations to all the RIDI Awards 2018 winners for their achievements.

“Each award recognises the commendable actions that the winners have taken to improve the job prospects for disabled people.

“This year’s awards show great examples of what disability confident recruiters can do to achieve real change in the workplace.

“Hopefully the awards will inspire more organisations to enter in future and support RIDI on its mission to create more disability confident recruiters.“


For more information, take a look at the RIDI Awards brochure.