Operational Excellence
November 3, 2023

Xcel Energy launches new professional development program for veterans

Mentorship and resources will help veterans get the most out of their careers

Xcel Energy strives to be an employer of choice for veterans, keeping them on track to get the most out of their careers. In early November, the company was awarded a gold certificate as part of the Vets Ready Employer Initiative in Wisconsin for going above and beyond in efforts to hire and support veterans and their families. And to continue building out our support for former service members, the VETS business resource group at Xcel Energy recently launched a new professional development program to provide veterans with important resources to unlock future opportunities.  
The program, spearheaded by a group of leaders across the company, helps veterans attain and sustain meaningful careers by offering mentorship, development plans and interview prep. The new program also paves the way for continuing education by providing resources veterans can tap into, from offerings on Degreed and LinkedIn Learning to tuition reimbursement through the company. The VETS group can also help connect veterans to an array of external references and resources for financing continuing education, such as the GI Bill and other tuition assistance programs.  
In its current iteration, the program is an a la carte system for veterans to pick and choose what suits their work experience and career trajectory. In the future, the program could expand further into areas of career progression, pipelines, and leadership and rotational development.  
The VETS business resource group continues to expand its work at Xcel Energy, most recently in the pillars of veteran outreach, communication, professional development, and networking. Each of these pillars has a critical role to play in the progression of our mission to serve our veteran employees.  
For more on Xcel Energy’s support for veterans and active service members, read about the company’s Five-Star Employer distinction, which recognizes organizations that do the most to hire, retain, promote and support veterans.