ESB Graduate Development Programme

The ESB Graduate Programme is a 2.5 year programme with annual evaluations. The objective of our Graduate Programme is to launch you on a fast track to career success.

Throughout the programme, you’ll enjoy challenging work in a supportive environment where everyone is invested in your training and growth.

We have a number of opportunities across a broad range of disciplines including Engineering, Commercial, IT, Finance, Marketing and HR.

Click here to learn more about the opportunities available for graduates at ESB.

For our 2022 programme, we will be recruiting up to 50 graduates. 

Joining ESB is an opportunity to become part of Ireland’s foremost energy company and to develop existing skills and gain new ones.

ESB is more than an energy company. By investing in new technologies, forging partnerships across the globe and developing new solutions in our Innovation hub we are helping to build a brighter future.  

When you apply, you will be asked to complete an online application form. Here, you will be asked to attach your CV and complete an online assessment that will be emailed to you. Please ensure that you complete our online assessments in order to complete your application.

Applications for our 2022 Graduate Development Programme are now open. Click here to apply. Applications will close Monday 25th October 2021.

Employment for successful candidates will commence the following September.

ESB operates across the full spectrum of the electricity market in Ireland. As a graduate, opportunities are available in the following business units:


  • ESB Networks
  • Electric Ireland
  • ESB International
  • ESB Generation and Wholesale Markets 
  • ESB Business Service Centre

Click here to learn about our global reach and the different business units that make up ESB.



Applicants must be on target for or have achieved a 2.1 honours degree or higher.

  •  Strong communication skills and the ability to learn quickly
  • Generate and develop ideas in order to create a culture of innovation
  • Proven self-starter with the drive and desire to succeed
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently on tasks

You can choose which area of the business you want to apply to, and you can express a preference for your second choice.

If you are unsuccessful you can reapply for the following year’s intake.

Unfortunately, you cannot defer a place once offered. We do understand that some graduates may not be in a position to accept an offer due to circumstances beyond their control. For these individuals we ask them to keep in touch and re-apply the following year.

It is a requirement that you are eligible to work in the Republic of Ireland. If you do not hold an appropriate work permit, ESB can assist with the process.

Click here for CV and interview tips to help you with your application.

Successful candidates will be invited to interview in December. Interviews will include a case study and a competency based interview.

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