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HS2 awarded disability confident recruitment award

HS2 Ltd.’s resourcing team have been crowned Recruitment Team of the Year award by The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI), a not-for-profit organisation which drives to break down the barriers faced by millions of disabled people when it comes to finding a job.

The team have been recognised for their momentous commitment to ensure that disabled candidates are attracted and supported into employment. In reaching their decision, the judging panel evaluated HS2’s performance and gave praise for the team’s commitment to:

  • Becoming accredited inclusive recruiters
  • Developing a brand-new inclusive Apprentices recruitment and induction programme
  • Introducing accredited e-learning targeted at reducing bias in the assessment processes
  • Testing its careers site for accessibility and continued use of disability-oriented jobs boards

The award win tops a fruitful year for the project in its drive to guarantee equality is at the heart of everything it does.

RIDI Awards 2020 Winner Logo

Earlier this year HS2 Ltd became the only company in the UK to have achieved a Gold standard rating in all four categories of the Clear Assured equality and diversity best practice benchmark.

This continues to build on HS2’s commitments by signing up to Business in the Community’s Race at Work Charter and appointing non-executive board member Judith Hackitt, as Board Diversity Champion, to scrutinise HS2’s equality, diversity and inclusion performance.

Simon Fawkes-Underwood, Head of Resourcing at HS2 Ltd said: “HS2 presents an incredible opportunity to reset the rules around so many topics, including workforce.

“As a team we are really focused on the legacy we leave behind and making our processes accessible to everyone is one of them. We are delighted to be recognised for the inclusive culture we have worked hard to build at HS2”.

Mark Lomas, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at HS2 Ltd said: “Good practice in the EDI space is about ensuring every element of what we do reflects and respects the needs of the individual. This award demonstrates that we are working just as hard to support disabled people into employment as we are in retaining them.

“HS2 is quite literally a ground-breaking project and our approach to EDI and the standards we set ourselves, and our industry partners, matches that ambition”.

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