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The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards are the recruitment industry’s only disability awards. RIDI is 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.

The first ever awards, sponsored by E.ON, Eversheds & the Clear Company, were announced on 14 May, 2014 in Evershed's central London offices. The preliminary results of the 'Actions Speak Louder than Words' survey were also announced on the night.

The awards recognise that it is often the little things that make the biggest difference and encourage you to inspire others to make those small changes that have worked for you. Their panel of expert judges will be assessing the efforts and contributions made by recruitment agencies to remove the barriers faced by disabled talent entering or progressing through the job market. Employers and their talent providers who lead and support best practice will also be assessed in dedicated award categories.

Award Categories include:

1. Getting Started

This new category is to encourage all recruitment agencies to get started on their journey to disability confidence.  RIDI 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.

2. Employers Choice

This award gives employers the opportunity to nominate a recruitment agency or partner, highlighting the contribution they have made, which has enabled the employer to become a more inclusive employer of disabled people. 

3. Agency choice

This award recognises and promotes collaboration, giving recruitment agencies the opportunity to share the actions taken by an employer/client that in turn has achieved increased disability confidence for them and their talent providers.

4. Individual Choice

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.

5. Extending The Reach

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.

6. Reasonable Adjustments In Recruitment

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.

7. Disability Confident

Supporting the government’s Disability Confident campaign can be the first step to in fact 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.

8. Innovation In Assessment

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.

 9. Supply Chain Management

This exciting new category is open to both employers managing their supply chain and recruiters managing their 2nd and 3rd tier supply chain. This award is looking at organisations setting the standard and measuring the success for their entire supply chain to actively attract and confidently recruit disabled talent and recognise the business case in doing so.

10. Greatest Impact

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

More companies awarded with RIDI Awards

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