RIDI Awards

Once a year we bring together leading changemakers in the recruitment sector to celebrate the very best of disability confident recruitment. Our free-to-enter awards are the highlight of the inclusive recruitment calendar, and the high calibre of entries really puts our panel of judges through their paces. With seven inspiring categories to enter, from ‘Getting Started’ to ‘Recruitment Team of the Year’, there is bound to be a category for you.

How to enter

Entering the awards is easy and it is over two rounds. You can nominate the organisation that you work for, or one that you admire. And, you can enter multiple categories. Here’s how it works…

Round one

Using our online form we collect a few details from you, and ask you to tell us in no more than 300 words how the organisation you are nominating goes the extra mile in this category. What makes this entry special, and how does it meet our criteria?

Round two

If your nomination makes it through to round two we’ll contact you for further supporting information via a short interview (by video, phone or email), which the judges will review along with your entry form to decide the final shortlist.

“Celebrating best practice in recruiting disabled people with leader recruiters and employers”

“Celebrating best practice in recruiting disabled people with leader recruiters and employers”

“Celebrating best practice in recruiting disabled people with leader recruiters and employers”

“Celebrating best practice in recruiting disabled people with leader recruiters and employers”

Award categories

All seven of our inspiring categories celebrate disability confident recruitment. Don’t feel you have to limit yourself to one category, you are welcome to nominate in as many as you like!

 

09
Mar
Nominations close
04
Jun
Awards ceremony

This award recognises an organisation who has just begun their journey to be Disability Confident. We celebrate the steps taken to engage staff across the business, the changes made to reflect more inclusive practices and the motivation shown in getting up to speed.

An organisation who, although at the start of their journey, shows they are fully committed to inclusivity, and are stepping up to the plate to achieve this.

Open to: Recruitment agencies, businesses and organisations across the sectors

 

This award recognises a unique campaign which has been carefully and cleverly implemented to attract a diverse range of talent. We look at the thinking behind how roles are advertised across channels, as well as factors such as language, imagery, access and bias.

A campaign which is not only open and inclusive for disabled people, but goes the extra mile to ensure they have been consulted and supported at every step.

Open to: Recruitment agencies and in-house teams across the sectors

This award focuses on that star factor which puts a recruiter a cut above the rest – how their candidates are treated. We celebrate those who have offered a high level of tailored support to disabled candidates – using innovative, or tried and tested ways to ensure they access the recruitment process with ease.

An organisation who truly believes in equality of opportunity and works hard to achieve this for their disabled candidates.

Open to: Recruitment agencies and in-house teams across the sectors

This award highlights those who have excelled in leveling the playing field for disabled candidates in the recruitment process. Identifying and implementing appropriate reasonable adjustments at every stage and working hard to swiftly remove any barriers.

An example of going the extra mile and inclusivity best practice in action.

Open to: Recruitment agencies and in-house teams across the sectors

This award celebrates an exemplary team going above and beyond to ensure inclusivity in the recruitment process. They passionately believe in equality of access, promote it across the business and implement new and tested initiatives to ensure disabled candidates are attracted and supported into employment.

Open to: Recruitment agencies and in-house teams across the sectors

This award singles out a business, organisation or agency demonstrating top-level commitment to the Disability Confident scheme and effective implementation of the guidance across their workplace. An avid promoter, and expert in how disability confidence can be utilised to recruit and retain great people.

Open to: Recruitment agencies, businesses and organisations across the sectors

This award recognises a key player in the wider recruitment industry. Someone who embodies the model of best practice in providing inclusive recruitment and employment services – be that workplace schemes, a supported employment programme or a unique partnership. A committed, knowledgeable force that has the one-up in their field.

Open to: Recruitment agencies, businesses and organisations specialised in disability confident recruitment.

Meet the judges

Our executive team are the driving force and inspiration behind RIDI and the RIDI Awards. They are leaders and experts in their fields and give their time and expertise voluntarily.

Black and white photo of Nigel Lewis, Clarity
  • Nigel Lewis
  • CEO, Clarity
Black and white photo of Pamela Hutchinson, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Bloomberg
  • Pamela Hutchinson
  • Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Bloomberg
Black and white photo of Shani Dhanda
  • Shani Dhanda
  • Founder, Diversability Card
Photo of Jane Hatton, Director of Evenbreak and RIDI Exec Board
  • Jane Hatton
  • Director, Evenbreak
Black and white photo of Kate Nash with purplespace logo
  • Kate Nash
  • Founder & Chief Networkologist, PurpleSpace
Black and white photo of Robin Christopherson with AbilityNet logo
  • Robin Christopherson
  • Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet
Black and white photo of Yasmin Sheikh with Diverse Matters logo
  • Yasmin Sheikh
  • Founder, Diverse Matters
Black and white photo of Nick Goss with the Goss Consultancy logo
  • Nick Goss
  • Nick Goss Consultancy
Black and white photo of David Clarke with RNIB logo
  • David Clarke
  • Director of Services, RNIB
Black and white photo of Diane Lightfoot with Business Disability Forum logo
  • Diane Lightfoot
  • CEO, Business Disability Forum
Black and white photo of Toby Mildon with Mildon logo
  • Toby Mildon
  • Diversity & Inclusion Architect, Mildon Diversity & Inclusion Consultancy
Black and white photo of Kamran Mallick with Disability Rights UK logo
  • Kamran Mallick
  • Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK
Mike Adams, CEO, Purple
  • Mike Adams OBE
  • CEO, Purple
Black and white photo of Heather Lacey with Eversheds Sutherland logo
  • Heather Lacey
  • Wellbeing and Ability Network Local Lead, Eversheds Sutherland
Photo of Morgan Lobb, CEO at Vercida.com
  • Morgan Lobb
  • CEO, Vercida.com
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