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ESB Early Careers

As we work together to achieve Net Zero by 2040, we recognise the value of those embarking on their career journey as a way of developing critical skills and attracting diverse talent into our business.  We have a number of early career opportunities for craft and professional roles, working with organisations such as gradIreland, Solas and the Apprenticeship Council to ensure we continue to offer best-in-class programmes.


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ESB Graduate Development Programme

The objective of our Graduate Programme is to launch you on a fast track to career success. A career with ESB will allow you to grow professionally and develop the necessary skills to help deliver ESB’s strategic objectives.

Our opportunities for graduates, commencing in September 2023, span a range of disciplines:

Engineering - Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Quantity Surveying
Human Resources

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ESB Undergraduate Programme

ESB offers undergraduate placements to students from a variety of disciplines every year for six to nine months. It is a great opportunity to gain a real world experience that’s relevant to your field of study. The programme is designed to give students skills and knowledge to excel in their future careers.

Our opportunities for undergraduates include:

Human Resources
Applications are now open for our Undergraduate Programme. Contact your college placement officer to apply.

ESB Engineering/Craft Apprenticeship Programmes

ESB recruits apprentices during different stages of the year to start their electrical and mechanical engineering career with us. It is a four-year programme leading to QQI advanced level 6 Electrical trade certificate.

The Benefits of ESB’s Apprentice Programme:

Operate in a team environment

Classroom based learning combined with practical experience

Combines college and on-the-job training

Work indoors and outdoors

By completing this apprenticeship, you will attain a BTEC (Level 3) Diploma in Mechanical or Electrical and Electronic Engineering as well as a Level 3 Extended Diploma.

ESB Business Apprenticeship Programmes

As part of our Net Zero strategy and building upon our successful history with apprenticeships in ESB, we have expanded our range of apprenticeship programmes.

IT Apprenticeship
ESB’s IT Apprenticeship programme is a two-year programme, in conjunction with FIT, during which they gain valuable experience in Software Development, Network Engineering or Cyber Security while studying part time for an Advanced Certificate in IT (NFQ Level 6).

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship
The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is run by Accounting Technician’s Ireland in partnership with SOLAS. It is a two year programme where apprentices gain practical accounting experience in a business and also attend college to gain a Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Accounting. Apprentices work four days a week and are released to attend college one day per week.

Recruitment Apprenticeship
The Recruitment Executive Apprenticeship Programme is run by the National Recruitment Federation in conjunction with the National College of Ireland and SOLAS. It is a three-year programme where apprentices gain practical experience in recruitment and attend college to gain a Level 8 BA Hons Degree in Recruitment Practice. Apprentices work four days a week and are released to attend college one day per week.