Apprenticeships in ESB Networks

Apprenticeships in ESB Networks 

Are you interested in working in a challenging environment?

ESB Networks DAC serves 2.3 million domestic and business customers in Ireland providing a safe and reliable electricity supply. As an Apprentice Electrician/Network Technician, this programme offers you on the job learning as well as classroom based learning. You will benefit from varied work experience, working both indoors and outdoors. You will learn a variety of electrical and practical skills and you will obtain a QQI Advanced Level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate with a World Class Utility Company.

  • Each year, ESB Networks employ a number of Electrical Apprentices
  • Training commences in September
  • Candidates must be over 16 years of age on 1 June

For more information on how to apply, please click on the 'How to Apply' link below

Applications for the 2018 ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme are now closed. Applications for the 2019 Programme will open in 2019. Visit our website early next year for details on application dates.

What an ESB Networks Apprenticeship consists of:

The Electrical Apprenticeship is SOLAS standards-based, consisting of 208 weeks/four year duration.

During the four years, there are seven SOLAS Phases and ESB Networks off job training:

  • Phases one, three, five and seven are on the job, gaining experience while working closely with a qualified Network Technician on site
  • SOLAS Phases two, four and six are off the job training modules, with phases in a SOLAS Training Centre and one of the IT colleges
  • 24 weeks of ESB Networks off job training takes place in the ESB Networks Training Centre, Portlaoise

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 two 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


Leaving Certificate

Grade D/O6 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 and Chemistry)  4)  Any two 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 (Grade D/O6 or higher at Ordinary Level) : Art, Construction Studies, Design and Communication, Graphics, Engineering, Home Economics, Technical Drawing and Technology. 

Liam's Experience

“So far I would say that it’s a great job if you like change and a challenge, no two days are the same and not a day goes by that you don’t learn something. It’s also a job that carries great satisfaction, whether it’s putting electricity into one new house or restoring power to 100 houses in the middle of a storm, there is always a good sense of achievement.” 

Katie's Experience

“My experience at this stage in my apprenticeship with the ESB has been nothing but positive, educational and enjoyable. My workmates and management have been extremely helpful by passing on as much knowledge and hands on skills as possible. I really enjoy the physical and electrical aspect of my job. I would highly recommend both young women and men to apply for this apprenticeship like I did, you will have no regrets.” 

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