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 this 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
NextEra University (NEU) offers an array of business and technical courses specifically selected to meet the changing demands of our business environment and the needs of all employees, regardless of their business unit.
Our colleges represent the major sectors of our business: College of Customer Service, College of Information Management, College of Nuclear Power, College of Power Generation, College of Distribution and College of Transmission/Substation. Courses focus on career development, commercial skills, corporate culture, leadership development, personal and professional effectiveness, and process and project management.
These courses provide employees the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive at their jobs. In 2015, there were more than 726,000 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.
- 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 the Employee ShareNet (ESN), a collaboration program within and across all company job functions and business units. Sharing knowledge enables significant cost savings and increased productivity, among other benefits.
What makes ESN unique is that it systematically connects people through business-focused networks. We’ve developed networks in critical knowledge areas including, but not limited to, safety, combustion turbines, chemistry, power distribution design and engineering, nuclear technical experience, quality and leadership.
A key example of our networks in action is our Wind Technology Network, which connects 107 wind facilities across North America. Technicians and leaders actively engage on the network to solve engineering and logistical challenges, maximizing our available power capacity in an expedient manner.
Reinforcing our commitment to become a leading knowledge enterprise, NextEra Energy was the only utility recognized as a 2015 American Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) finalist. 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 degrees, graduate degrees or individual college courses in areas such as business administration, computer science, engineering, finance, human resources and marketing.