Welcome to The RIDI Awards

If you’re involved in the RIDI you know that actions really do speak louder than words.

You’re already part of a unique initiative to drive change in recruitment and remove the barriers faced by the millions of disabled people who are entering or progressing through the job market. What you do matters to millions of people! Our joint initiative started in 2011 and in 2014 we came together for the first time to celebrate progress on disability in recruitment at a spectacular awards ceremony.

“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”

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.

Photo of Tom Hadley, Director of Policy & Professional Services at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation
  • Tom Hadley
  • Director of Policy & Professional Services at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation
Photo of Janet Hill, Programme Director Civil Service Disability Inclusion Team, Cabinet Office
  • Janet Hill
  • Programme Director Civil Service Disability Inclusion Team, Cabinet Office
Photo of Pamela Hutchinson, Head of Diversity & Inclusion EMEA, Bloomberg
  • Pamela Hutchinson
  • Head of Diversity & Inclusion EMEA, Bloomberg
Photo of Group Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Co-Operative Group
  • Sharon Pegg
  • Group Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Co-Operative Group
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Awards timetable

Our next awards will be in 2018. We’ll be announcing the launch of the awards programme at our first ever annual conference in October 2017. To find out more about the awards programme, please sign up for our updates.

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Oct
Launch of 2018 Awards Programme

This category is to encourage all recruitment agencies to get started on their journey to disability confidence. We want to hear about making a convincing case, asking the right questions or giving one person a great experience. Small steps make a big difference so this category is open to all of you who are celebrating getting started and making progress.

The judges are looking for:

  • Examples of how small things can make a big difference to removing barriers
  • The impact of the small step on the disability confidence of the individual, the organisation or the candidate experience
  • Evidence as to how it is intended to build on this small step/new experience

Disabled job seekers are invited to nominate the agency that has provided them with the most positive candidate experience. Recognising that actions speak louder than words.

The judges are looking for:

  • Access to guidance and support throughout the process
  • The disability confidence and competence of the recruiter
  • The positive impact & outcome for the candidate

Opening your doors to the widest possible talent pool is a key component to finding the right person for the job. This award recognises excellence in candidate sourcing and is looking for organisations which have a proactive and inclusive candidate sourcing strategy to attract disabled talent.

The judges are looking for:

  • Knowledge of the target market and how
    to reach them
  • A sustainable approach to candidate attraction
  • Evidence of increased numbers of disabled
    candidates declaring a disability or requesting
    reasonable adjustments
  • Evidence of impact on candidate experience

Making adjustments to all aspects of the recruitment process is not only the law, it is vital to the successful attraction and selection of disabled talent. This award recognises innovation in the provision of reasonable adjustments.

The judges are looking for:

  • An environment of trust that encourages declaration
  • Competent and confident recruiters who can respond to requests
  • An effective and efficient delivery of adjustments during the recruitment process
  • Evidence of impact on candidate experience

Supporting the government’s Disability Confident campaign can be the first step to becoming a disability confident organisation. This award recognises organisations who have supported the campaign with tangible action and can evidence the impact this has had on their organisation.

The judges are looking for:

  • Evidence of how an organisation has supported the Disability Confident campaign either through an event or initiative
  • Evidence of how this has promoted disability confidence within the organisation
  • Evidence of how the campaign’s message has been promoted throughout supply chain and/or partner organisations
  • Evidence of impact on candidate experience

Many employers use formal assessment techniques as a routine part of the recruitment process. This award recognises how alternatives and adjustments to assessments are often so simple and yet have such an impact for disabled candidates.

The judges are looking for:

  • Overall accessibility of the assessment process
  • Reasonable adjustment options and how they are communicated
  • Evidence of impact on candidate the experience

This category is open to employers managing their supply chain and recruiters managing their 2nd and 3rd tier supply chains. This award looks for organisations setting the standard and measuring the success of their entire supply chain actively attracting and confidently recruiting disabled talent and recognising the business case in doing so.

The judges are looking for:

  • Evidence of a specific project/plan set to engage the entire talent supply chain to deliver measurable success in the attraction and recruitment of disabled talent
  • Statistical or case study evidence of how this has impacted the level of disability confidence within the supply chain
  • Where appropriate, evidence of influence beyond the first tier
  • Evidence of impact on the candidate experience

It’s essential that your recruitment team are trained on what is expected of them by your clients or the law. This award recognises the contribution that good training can make to the level of confidence of recruiters and how that can contribute to the candidate experience.

The judges are looking for:

  • Objectives for the training
  • How the training met those objectives
  • Improved levels of disability confidence in recruiters/assessors as a result

From supported employment programmes to workplace schemes with employers, there are a wide variety of disability recruitment specialists in the UK. This award is for organisations who specialise in providing inclusive recruitment and employment services for disabled people as a core part of their activities.

The judges are looking for:

  • Examples of innovative programmes with a high success rate
  • Disability projects or programmes with a specific regional or sectoral focus
  • Testimonials from employers and disabled candidates

Entries are not required for this category which is to is to be voted for by the judging panel across all award submissions for 2018.

The judges are looking for:

  • A recruiter or employer of any size which has made the most significant impact in removing barriers and maximising opportunities for disabled talent within the context of the size and influence of their organisation
  • Disability confidence and competence
  • Evidence of impact on the candidate experience

Our Partners and Sponsors

RIDI and the RIDI Awards are not possible without the ongoing commitment and generosity of our partners and event sponsors.
If your organisation would like to become a partner please download our sponsor pack or contact us to talk about the details.

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If you do not receive an email from us, or if require any assistance in sending in your entry, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help you.

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Winning Entries

Congratulations to all past winners of a RIDI Award. The categories are judged to the highest standard’s of best practice. You can find out more about the winning case studies in our useful resources section.

2015

Lloyd's Banking Group
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Most Progress Award -

Sponsored by enei

Clear Talents
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Employer's Choice Award -

Sponsored by theBigIDEA.co.uk

Remploy
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Agency Choice Award -

Sponsored by AbilityNet

BCL Legal Recruitment
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Individual Choice Award -

Sponsored by CEB

de Poel
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Extending the Reach Award -

Sponsored by CEB

Leonard Cheshire Disability
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Overall Candidate Experience Award -

Sponsored by Evenbreak

Clear Talents
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Reasonable Adjustment's in Recruitment Award -

Sponsored by Concept Northern

Delsion
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Disability Confident Award -

Supported by the Disability Confident Campaign

SEQOL
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Innovation in Assessment Award -

Sponsored by Resource Solutions

AbilityNet
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Technology for Inclusion Award -

Sponsored by Blackbridge Communications

Clear Talents
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Technology for Inclusion Award -

Sponsored by Blackbridge Communications

Remploy
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Inclusive Partnerships Award -

Sponsored by hyphen