Military Affiliations

WCIT’s oldest affiliation, dating from 1992, is with the Royal Corps of Signals, the Army’s ICT specialists. The Company is actively involved with the Corps through professional development and career transition support. The Company also presents the annual Gordon’s Cup and the Through Award.

In 2017, the Company affiliated with the Joint Forces Cyber Group – a partnership initiated by the Company’s Security Panel. JFCG is part of the UK Strategic Command and is a tri-service reservist group. Our affiliation is currently focused on retention, resettlement and part-time resourcing.

The newest of our military affiliations (2020) is with HMS Collingwood, a shore station which is home to the Royal Navy’s Maritime Warfare School. Our relationship is taking shape and will apply the good practices we have learned from our other affiliations.

The Company maintains affiliations with two Cadet units: 46F Kensington Squadron Air Training Corps, and Beckenham and Penge Sea Cadets. When we are able to meet again face to face, you may well see the Cadets providing a Guard of Honour or musical accompaniment at our formal banquets.

The Company’s Military & Cadet Affiliations Working Group (M&CAWG) was created in 2020 to establish a focal point for coordination within and among the affiliates, harvesting and sharing good practice and strengthening our relationships.


Joint Forces Cyber Group

Joint Forces Cyber Group Logo: Text reads "Strategic Command Defence Intelligence"

Objectives

A new Operational Plan following the MoD reorganisation of JFCyGp.

Projects & activities

A regular online meeting with the JFCyGp Liaison Officer continues and an initial draft of the new operational plan has been created for discussion. The meeting with elements of the new JFCyGp being planned will take place as soon as the reorganisation and Covid-19 allows.

The current and future projects for the affiliation will be focussed on the following areas, the detail for each one will be developed and contained in the operational plan:

Current Activities:

  • Skills & Professional Recognition (Cyber Security Council)
  • Briefing to the WCIT on the New Organisation
  • 13 Signal Regiment crossover with Royal Signals Affiliation
  • Tradition – Links to Y Services Branch RBL
  • Recruitment – Permanent/Reservists (University Affiliations)

Planned Activities:

  • Employment/Mentoring – Resettlement
  • Awards
  • Livery Membership

HMS Collingwood

HMS Collingwood Logo

Objectives

  • To establish a WCIT Collingwood team.
  • To establish regular planning and review sessions between the Collingwood team and WCIT.
  • To run joint events with Collingwood. 

Projects & activities

  • “Join the Navy” HMS Collingwood presentation of RN activities to the Company and guests.   
  • Regular bimonthly meeting between the Collingwood Livery Team.
  • Attendance at the Collingwood Information Systems (CIS) Symposium Dinner and the Trafalgar Dinner (Pickle Night).
  • Collingwood team crew CITO at the Port of London Challenge 
  • WCIT attendance at the annual Collingwood prize giving 

Royal Corps of Signals

Royal Corps of Signals Logo

Current and future objectives of the affiliation are under review.

Projects & activities

  • A series of ‘out-reach’ meetings leading to the development of a discussion paper on the future of the affiliation.
  • The review and potential restructuring of the prizes given by the WCIT is underway with the RSI lead by the Clerk.
  • The Professional Horizons Programme
  • Career Transition Workshops 
  • Military Cadets

Cadet Unit Affiliations

The Company maintains affiliations with two Cadet units: 46F Kensington Squadron Air Training Corps, and Beckenham and Penge Sea Cadets. WCIT provides financial support to each unit as well as being able to offer pro bono help for any IT related projects as well as general careers advice. The cadets will often provide a Guard of Honour for our formal banquets.

Group photo of the cadets