Learning and Development

Talent is a key differentiator and competitive advantage at NextEra Energy. That's why we actively encourage continuous learning, development and improvement.

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Enhancing Learning and Development Opportunities

We’re passionate about sharing leading-edge knowledge to drive value for our customers and other stakeholders. At NextEra Energy, there's no shortage of learning opportunities. Whether it's taking classes through NextEra University, attending seminars or informal mentoring, the quest for knowledge is evident across our company, and there's something for everyone.

NextEra Energy University

NextEra University

NextEra University (NEU) offers an array of business and technical courses specifically selected to help employees meet the changing demands of our business and industry.

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.

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.

NextEra Energy ShareNet Program

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.

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 safety, chemistry, nuclear technical experience, power distribution design and engineering, and leadership.

A key example of our networks in action is our Wind Technology Network, which connects more than 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 the company for its 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.