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ESB Apprenticeship Deadline Extended to 11th April

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ESB Apprenticeship Deadline Extended to 11th April

Friday, April 01, 2016 

ESB Apprenticeship Deadline Extended to 11th April

Applications for the prestigious ESB Apprenticeship Programme are NOW OPEN


The majority of the apprenticeships this year will be electrical with a small number of HGV mechanic apprenticeships. 

We are seeking dynamic people to join the company to help us deliver our 2025 corporate Strategy and beyond.

ESB is well-known for its high-quality apprenticeships which result in qualifications in the electrical and mechanical trades. The ESB Apprenticeship Programme is a keystone for ESB in ensuring that the company maintains the level of skills available for the maintenance and enhancement of Ireland’s electricity system.

Video: ESB Apprenticeship Programme 2016

Based in the ESB Networks Training Centre in Portlaoise, the electrical apprentices will complete four apprentice training levels totalling 23 weeks training in addition to state training. The four levels in our training centre aim to inspire safety and quality standards in the business.

ESB Apprenticeship Programme 2016 from ESB on Vimeo.

Speaking about the announcement, ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty said: “Apprenticeships are an invaluable and very effective means of developing high quality skills needed in a modern economy.  ESB has been very well served by the existing apprenticeship system and Irish industry and businesses can greatly benefit by the expansion of apprenticeships into other sectors of the economy.”

Applications are open online from Friday 18th March 2016

Closing Date Monday 4th April 2016


Job Ref    EX 2016 27

Job Title   ESB Apprenticeship Campaign 2016

Job Type  Trainee & Apprenticeship

Location   Nationwide

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must be over 16 years of age on 1st June 2016.

Training will commence in Autumn 2016.

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 the following subjects:

1) Irish or English

2) Mathematics

3) Science*

4) Any 2 other subjects.

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

Technology, Art Craft and Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork OR Leaving Certificate Grade D or higher at Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects:

1) Irish or English

2) Mathematics

3) Science Subject (Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics & Chemistry)

4) Any 2 other subjects

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.

To apply 

Click here for full application details. 


call 1890 393939 between 9am and 5pm for more information.

The CareersPortal Team