BBC Extend Scheme gets recognition with industry award

Extend programme managers Ian George (middle) and Sarah Langford Extend programme managers Ian George (middle) and Sarah Langford pick up their award from the RIDI

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The BBC's Extend Scheme has won an award for its work in attracting disabled people to the BBC.

The RIDI (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative) honoured the scheme with an 'employers choice' award earlier this week, an accolade that recognises the progress the BBC has made in attracting and recruiting people with disabilities.

Extend's programme manager Ian George said the BBC enterprise was up 'against some other incredible disability initiatives'.

He added: 'The scheme means so much to us, to the hosting departments and stakeholders we work with across the BBC and, most importantly, the amazingly talented people we recruit, learn from, help develop and progress each year.

'With everyone's support across the business, Extend keeps going from strength to strength, so we're very much looking forward to building on this success to make the BBC an even more disability confident, supportive and progressive employer.'

In its 16th year, the Extend Scheme - run by BBC Academy - has recruited nearly 600 disabled people for six-month placements at the BBC. The scheme has only just finished taking applications for 12 more roles, from researchers at BBC Breakfast to helping recruit talent at BBC Comedy.

Last year, 70% of successful applicants secured additional work after their placements had finished.

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