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The ESB Graduate Development Programme is widely recognised as one of the best in Ireland offering structured rotations, excellent training, development opportunities and professional accreditation. ESB is proud to offer this Graduate Development Programme across the organisation to help allow graduates shape their future career through challenging and rewarding work enhanced by continuous learning and development.

We have opportunities for Graduates from the following disciplines - Engineering, Commercial, HR, Marketing, Finance and IT.

Applications for our 2021 Graduate Development Programme are now closed. Applications for our 2022 programme will open in September 2021.

Engineering Graduate Development Programme 

ESB has a number of opportunities for engineering graduates across five disciplines to join our Graduate Development Programme, commencing in September 2021. These disciplines are:

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Civil
  • Quantity Surveying

As one of the largest employers of engineers in Ireland, ESB is dedicated to investing in engineering expertise and developing critical skills to support Ireland’s future growth and development. As an Engineering Graduate in ESB, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting projects, both in Ireland and overseas, while pursuing your professional accreditation.


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 "There have been great supports available to me throughout the programme. In addition to my line manager and graduate coordinator, I was given a mentor and buddy on my first day. This really helped me settle in. The graduate programme has been really enjoyable - there is always a lot of variety in the work."

- Sinead Nolan, Mechanical Engineering Graduate


IT Graduate Development Programme 

ESB has one of the largest IT spends in the country. ESB is Ireland’s largest SAP user organisation and we deliver a large number of multi-million euro projects each year. The ESB IT Graduate Programme is typically structured into three rotations.

On these rotations you will build your IT and business knowledge through challenging assignments, exposure to our business units, diverse range of business activities, and the opportunity to work on one of our major projects. If you are looking to develop your IT career in any of the Functional, Technical or Project Management career paths, then ESB's IT Graduate Development Programme is a perfect fit for you.     

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“I’m happy and proud to be a member of an organisation where you get support and encouragement to achieve your goals"

- George Dosumu, IT Graduate




Commercial Graduate Development Programme

The Commercial Graduate Programme offers a range of challenging business roles, such as leading the development of significant new business opportunities, project managing, strategic investment programmes, and delivering relevant value propositions to our customers.

As a Commercial Graduate, you will focus on developing your ability to problem solve, think critically, understand the balance between value and risk and to build your decision-making capability. You will also develop your stakeholder management capability and have the opportunity to work at a strategic level, supporting key business initiatives and innovative change programmes.


burke_sha_LThumb"The commercial Grad programme is a fantastic programme where personally, I feel I have been greatly supported by those around me, from my colleagues in both rotations, to the other grads on the programme to my brilliant managers as well as my mentors. I’m looking forward to the next year and a half to see where the ESB will take me.

- Shauna Burke - Commercial Graduate



HR Graduate Development Programme 

Our people are critical to our success as an organisation and our HR function plays a fundamental part in ensuring we attract, retain and develop the best talent. ESB’s HR Graduate Development Programme allows you to build your HR expertise by working in a number of different specialist areas across our dynamic HR function including Reward, Performance Management, Recruitment and Resource Assurance.

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"The professional development, as well as the many opportunities to get involved in volunteering and CSR initiatives, is what makes the ESB’s HR Graduate Programme a great place to work and an even better place to start your career.”

- Tommy Kearney, HR Graduate




Marketing Graduate Development Programme 

As a Marketing Graduate you will be part of the Marketing Team in ESB's Customer Solutions business. The team is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing plans to support the achievement of brand and business goals across ESB brands. The team provides a full suite of award winning marketing initiatives including the development and implementation of Marketing plans, PR, Sponsorship, Event Management, Digital Marketing and Stakeholder engagement. You will gain valuable experience in a fast-moving and dynamic environment working on behalf of an iconic Irish brand.


Niamh O'connor

"The highlight so far for me has been working with the RTÉ Late Late Toy Show. This was a project I was given full responsibility of, despite being a graduate. I led the project from start to finish from briefing our agencies, holding weekly calls with all parties to ensure progression, sourcing content for our giveaway on the live show and leading the development of a reactive social media and content plan. It was very exciting to be involved in something that I’ve watched since I was a child. I can't believe a graduate programme gave me such an amazing opportunity"

Niamh O'Connor, Marketing Graduate


Finance Graduate Development Programme

As a Finance Graduate you will be part of our Finance Operations team and will be supported in doing your ACA qualification. Our Finance Programme offers structured rotations to ensure you gain experience across a number of areas including core accounting foundation principles, statutory accounting, intercompany accounting and cost analysis. You will also develop externally focused financial processes such as billing, client reporting, management reporting and forecasting. 

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"My favourite thing about ESB is that they have given me the learning opportunity to become a Chartered Accountant. I'm currently in my first year of my exams and ESB are very flexible around my study leave and have given me great support."

- Hayley Clarke, Finance Graduate

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