Apart from contributing to various charities the Company supports a number of awards and courses associated with architecture, one to each of the City’s four schools, one at the Royal Academy and two to the wider world of building.
In education, there are book token prizes to the City of London (Boys) School, the City of London Girls School, the City of London Freemen’s School and the City of London Academy Southwark The first two are presented at ceremonies in Guildhall by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress. Also, the Company is a major supporter of regular workshops at the Royal Academy called the attRAct programme. These are for school children from across Greater London at which they learn about the visual aspects of all the arts, including architecture and the built environment.
In the wider world, the Company partners five other building industry and educational professional bodies sponsoring the annual Teambuild. This is a weekend residential event for young professionals from all disciplines of the building industry and is aimed at developing skills in leadership and co-ordination in the industry. Individuals are grouped into multi-discipline teams and in an intensive two-and-a-half days are set a series of tasks to solve, related to a realistic building scenario. This is a competitive event and awards are given for overall teamwork, individual leadership, the team that learned the most over the course and the best procurement, contract and risk assessment presentation. This latter is the one presented by the WCCA and at the last course it went to a team comprising people from the IStructE, RICS, ARB, IET, RIAS and CIBSE.
Finally, the Company is one of the thirteen sponsors of the annual National Journalism Awards for the International Building Press. The 2017 event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane and the Master of Ceremonies was WCCA Deputy Master Peter Murray. The guest speaker and presenter of the awards was Lord Black of Brentwood and the WCCA’s award for the best non-weekly magazine of 2017 went to the New London Quarterly, edited by David Taylor.