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RIDI Awards 2019 are open for entries

The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards – which celebrate progress and recognise the success of organisations that are making headway in increasing the inclusion of disabled professionals – are inviting entries from employers and recruiters.

Now in their fifth year, the recruitment industry’s only disability awards will be hosted by AXA XL, a division of AXA, at the company’s prestigious London offices on Thursday 11 April 2019. Submissions close on the 1st of February 2019. The awards are free to enter and attend.

Commenting on the awards, Kate Headley, Chair of RIDI and subject matter expert, said:

“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. Once again, we’re calling inclusive employers and recruiters to share their own stories of success in this area so that they too can inspire others and gain the recognition that they rightfully deserve.

“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. 

“Winners from all previous RIDI Awards have provided truly inspiring stories and it is fantastic to see them get a deservedly great profile so that they can extend the work that they do. This year’s RIDI Awards Category Showcase events will also include insight from 2018 Awards winners and leading industry experts – you can find out more on attending these roundtables here.” 

“I’d also like to encourage disabled people who have had a great recruitment experience to share their stories and encourage those who have provided these experiences to enter the Awards. It is only through sharing best practice that others can replicate this success and move the dial.”

Find out more about entering the 2019 Awards here.