Energy Talent Company (ETC) develops energy talents for the global market starting from Africa. They source, recruit, and train outstanding individuals to meet the increasing demands of talent in the energy industry. ETC use modern-day, up-to-date learning methodologies to train the candidates. Through a robust learning experience that involves an innovative combination of online learning, simulation and apprenticeship, they equip the candidates with an all-round training and work experience that qualify them to hit the ground running from day one. Their blended learning and apprenticeship experience ensure that talents can start work without additional field training. Top solar companies hire their engineers to work full time on their staff or on short term projects.
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In order to effectively scale Energy Talent Company (ETC) collaboratively, we organized a workshop using 5-step-to-scale framework with the participation of ETC and their partners. The outcome of the workshop is presented as below.
Step 1: Ambition
In this step, ETC and their partners answered the following seven simple questions to demarcate what value they and their partners seek to create for the BoP. First, they answered the questions individually. Then they discussed each other’s answers to reach a single, shared scaling ambition. Finally, ETC defined the following scaling impact ambition with their partners.
Step 2: Discovery
Understand the actors, resources, activities: In this step, ETC and their partners visualized the collaborators in the ecosystem (commonly called actors), their interactions and relationships with other collaborators, and the value created, delivered and captured through the collaboration for the BoP. The ecosystem for ETC can be visualized as below.
Understand the actors’ capabilities: ETC and their partners listed out the business’s opportunities, and threat.
Step 3: Strategy
In this step, ETC and their partners discovered potential scaling tactics by brainstorming ideas for each category. This results in about three most interesting ideas for each category.
Step 4: Adaptation
In this step, ETC and their partners identified and visualized the actors, resources and activities as well as the relationships between them that are necessary to realize the most interesting scaling tactics from Step 3.
Step 5: Evaluation
In this step, ETC and their partners used a simple attractiveness feasibility matrix to evaluate the scaling tactics. They scored each of the most interesting scaling tactics from step 3 based on their attractiveness and feasibly on a scale from high to low.