AltGen is a group of companies targeting climate change through people.
Owned by Sean and Priscilla Gibson who boast over 25 years’ experience in HR and capacity development; and supported by a passionate team spread across the African globe, AltGen is proud of the role we have played since 2012, saving over 9 884 997 tonnes of carbon. We have done this by providing the human resources and knowledge needed for our clients to successfully execute their mandates. Our team has played a leading role in providing a range of people orientated services to businesses, governments, NGOs and educational institutions. Services range from assisting with utility scale operations to formulating HR strategies as well as assisting recent graduates across Africa find jobs. We have entities in Nairobi, Kenya, Ebène Cybercity, Mauritius and Cape Town, South Africa, and operate across both francophone and anglophone African countries and we are rapidly extending our services to the global community.
AltGen Recruitment was incorporated in South Africa in 1997 and now consists of three complimentary divisions which cover the three stages of job creation in the energy space. Our complimentary divisions which effectively feed insights into the services we offer include; Consulting, Recruitment and Employment Services.
Consulting: Specific to renewable energy, AltGen provides project integrity and supervisory consulting services to various stakeholders as well as sector specific market research. Engagements have included supervision of the DFID funded and AFD administered Green mini-grid program in Kenya, enabling the roll out of distributed power to several hundred thousand Kenyans, a review of HIV/AIDS related activities in renewable energy in South Africa, and human capacity development and skills development in wind energy under the South African Wind Energy Program as funded by the Global Environment Facility. Our work in HR and recruitment has naturally lead to an in-depth understanding of the skills needs required by industry, and in this regard, we are continuously assisting educational institutions to fine tune their training offerings. AltGen’s Consulting division provides strategic and empirical data to organisations involved in policy and programme development for job creation initiatives within the climate mitigation sector.
Recruitment: From the recruitment of senior project directors and financial modellers to the supply of wind turbine and solar technicians for project operations, AltGen has secured and supplied staff for all the roles that encompass the full life cycle of a power project encompassing resource assessment, project development, financial close, construction and operation – in each skill vertical, including engineering, finance, administration, procurement, marketing, and operations. Combined, the AltGen Recruitment team has a solid 47 years’ of recruitment experience and 31 years experience specifically recruiting within the renewable energy sector. The team is focused on delivering world class customer support which is actioned through the team’s depth of knowledge and market insight as well as the strong relationships we foster with both our clients and candidates. Each consultant is trained in all aspects of recruitment but develops their skills and experience mainly in one specific technical discipline and one specific project lifecycle area. Our team is made up of passionate individuals who have found a home in affecting change through people.
Employment Services: Our extensive experience in the labour markets of Africa enable us to provide an end to end HR service including payroll, recordables and in-country HR compliance across various African markets. We have completed a number of HR projects including payroll benchmarking, HR advisory, fully outsourced HR management, skills specific salary surveys, retrenchment process assistance, skills gap analysis and establishing internal competency frameworks. New entrants into the African power pool have utilised our services to access untested markets and establish their operations, through optimised resource deployment and allocation as well as through the appointment of external contractors, to smooth their business service’s needs.
Where clients are unable to employ themselves, our Employment Services division acts as the de facto employer, facilitating the full HR scope for the client.