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ESB Ireland Apprenticeship Programme 2015

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ESB Ireland Apprenticeship Programme 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015 

ESB Ireland Apprenticeship Programme 2015

Career Opportunities in ESB

The ESB Apprenticeship Programme 2015 is NOW OPEN for applications. Details are as follows:

Job Ref: 815679

Job Title: ESB Electrical Apprenticeship Programme 2015 - EX 2015 27

Location: Various Locations

Close Date for applications: Friday 27th March 2015

Applications are invited for Electrical Apprenticeships in ESB Networks. Training will commence in Autumn 2015.


Candidates must be over 16 years of age on 1st June 2015

Business Activity

ESB Networks Ltd., a ring fenced subsidiary within ESB Group, is the licensed operator of the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland. ESB Networks Ltd. is responsible for building, operating, maintaining and developing the electricity network and serving all electricity customers (2.3 million domestic, commercial and industrial customers) in the Republic of Ireland. For more information visit our webpage:

Role Description

The successful candidate will be trained in all aspects of this work.

Educational Qualifications

Candidates must have obtained the following minimum standards at the time of applying:

Junior Certificate (Ordinary Level)

Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level (or Grade D or higher at Higher Level) in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:

1. Irish or English

2. Mathematics

3. Science *

4. Any other 2 subjects

* If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, Grade C or higher in any one of the following subjects is acceptable:

Technology, Art Craft and Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork


Leaving Certificate

Grade D or higher at Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:

1. Irish or English

2. Mathematics

3. Science Subject *

4. Any other 2 subjects

*Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics and Chemistry, Applied Mathematics

If you have not obtained the required grade in any of the above Science subjects, the following is acceptable at Leaving Certificate Level : Art, Construction Studies, Design and Communication, Graphics, Engineering, Home Economics, Technical Drawing and Technology.

Important Information

Please ensure that you enter your correct email address, as once inputted we will be using it for all communications with you during the process Each candidate will be required to complete aptitude tests. Please be aware that aptitude tests are being carried out by a third party on behalf of ESB Networks.

Please note:

- Please have your Junior Certificate exam number / Leaving Certificate exam number* (*if applicable) to hand as you will be required to enter it as part of your online application.

- You will also have the opportunity to submit a current cv with your application form. If you have a current cv, please make this available to yourself before proceeding. Submitting a cv is mandatory.

Click here for full details and to apply

The CareersPortal Team