HS2 win disability talent award

15 April 2019

Business Disability Forum Member HS2 scooped awards for their work on EDI


Business Disability Forum Member HS2 won two awards at the Recruitment Industry’s Disability Initiative (RIDI) awards on Thursday 11 April.

The RIDI awards aim to celebrate good practice in the recruitment industry and to encourage all recruiters, both in house and agency teams to do more to remove barriers to recruitment for disabled people. HS2 won the Supply Chain Management award and the Disability Confident award.

The judges said:  “It was clear to see HS2’s dedication to ensuring it recruits, supports and retains talented people with disabilities. HS2’s focus on creating a culture of trust and open conversation is inspiring. HS2 has truly set a precedent and an example that should be followed by utilising the Disability Confident Employer scheme to drive real change.”

From left to right: Fiona King, Head of Occupational Health; Marg Harris, EDI Manager; Jane Hatton from Evenbreak (a member of the RIDI Exec Board); Ian Bettison, EDI Manager, Heather Lacey from Eversheds Sutherland (also on the RIDI Exec Board) and Osita Madu, Interim Head of EDI

HS2 was also recognised for winning the Supplier Chain Management award for employers managing their supply chain and recruiters managing their second and third tier supply chains. The judges were impressed with HS2’s approach to Inclusive Procurement and how HS2’s Joint Ventures continue to improvement their representation of disabled staff, bettering the targets we set and the sector averages. They said: “The judges were very impressed with HS2, which showed an incredibly strong commercial entry with evidence of great progress and continued focus on recruiting people with disabilities. HS2 is setting industry standards with its detailed and diligent approach to managing its supply chain, which is influencing its entire supply chain to actively attract and confidently recruit people with disabilities.”

Recognising the awards, Maria Zedda, EDI Workforce Manager and HS2 team’s lead on Disability Confident, said: “This is an amazing achievement by the EDI team at HS2 and it is important that we continue to role model good behaviour around the recruitment and retention of disabled people, not only onto the HS2 programme, but across the whole supply chain, by demonstrating good practice and taking a lead across our sectors. External recognition from an expert led organisation like RIDI is important as we want to ensure we are at the forefront of changing attitudes towards disabled people in the workforce. We want to encourage disabled job-seekers to apply for jobs with HS2 as we need their talent, resilience and ability.”

HS2 are Business Disability Forum Members and participate in its Disability Inclusion Taskforce, including participation in the Meet The Employers event set up by Business Disability Forum with CamdenAbility.

For more information about the Awards go to ridi.org.uk/ridi-awards-2019-winners-announced and how to become a Member or Partner of Business Disability Forum go to businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/membership