Enhancing Learning and Development Opportunities
Talent is a key differentiator and competitive advantage at NextEra Energy. That's why we actively encourage continuous learning, development and improvement. At our company, there's no shortage of learning opportunities. Whether it's taking classes in-house, attending outside seminars, or improving one's skill set via informal mentoring on the job, the quest for knowledge is evident across our company, and there's something for everyone who wants to stay on top of their game. The learning opportunities we currently offer our employees include:
- NextEra University
Are you ready to discover the possibilities? NextEra University (NEU) offers an array of business and technical courses specifically selected to help our people meet the changing demands of our business and our industry.
NEU's colleges represent the major sectors of our business:
- College of Customer Service
- College of Information Management
- College of Nuclear Power
- College of Power Generation
Courses focus on technical and commercial skills, leadership and career development, personal and professional effectiveness, and process and project management. These courses provide employees the knowledge and skills necessary to think innovatively, deliver outstanding value to our customers, and thrive at their jobs.
In 2016, there were more than 850,000 training completions including online courses and instructor-led courses (this includes technical and business unit-specific skill training courses offered by the various business units). Approximately 1 million hours were spent in training.
We like to encourage our team members to discover a whole new way of learning – right from their work location. NEU's online Distance Learning program brings learning right to our employees. At any time, our people can explore a wide range of resources and tools to help advance their professional skills.
What’s next for you? Discover the possibilities with NextEra University.
- A Leader in Knowledge Sharing
At NextEra Energy, we know that sharing knowledge across our company can be a significant competitive advantage.
To this end, we've committed to building and sustaining a world-class knowledge-sharing culture that:
- Fosters collaboration;
- Accelerates problem solving;
- Retains critical knowledge; and
- Drives business value.
We're enabling all employees to access the right information, anytime and anywhere.
In 2014, we launched Employee ShareNet (ESN), a collaboration program within and across all company job functions and business units. Sharing knowledge helps increase productivity and cut costs, among other benefits.
What makes ESN unique is it systematically connects people through business-focused networks. We've developed networks in critical knowledge areas such as:
- Combustion turbines;
- Power distribution design and engineering;
- Nuclear technical experience;
- Quality; and
A key example of our networks in action is our Wind Technology Network, which connects well over 100 wind facilities across North America. Technicians and leaders actively engage on the network to solve engineering and logistical challenges, maximizing our available power capacity quickly and efficiently.
Reinforcing our commitment to become a leading knowledge enterprise, NextEra Energy was the only utility recognized as an American Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) finalist in 2015 and 2016. The MAKE award, conducted by Teleos in association with The KNOW Network, recognized us for our ability to leverage enterprise knowledge to deliver superior performance in the areas of innovation, operational effectiveness and excellence in products and services. The Americas MAKE study, established in 2002, is part of the Teleos MAKE research program, which aims to identify those organizations that are out-performing their peers by above-average growth in intellectual capital and wealth creation.
At NextEra Energy, we're passionate about great people sharing leading-edge knowledge to drive value for our customers and other stakeholders.
- Education Assistance Program
For more than 30 years, NextEra Energy's Education Assistance program has helped employees pursue formal education in areas that align with the needs of our business by covering a portion of their tuition expenses and enrollment fees. Employees are eligible for assistance benefits immediately after they're hired, and may pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees, or individual college courses in areas such as:
- Business administration;
- Computer science;
- Human Resources; and