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Prestigious ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme now open for applications

• Candidates must be over 16 years of age on 1st June 2018
• Applications remain open until 14 March
• This year’s campaign part of ESB drive to recruit  300 apprentices between 2015 and 2020
• Recruitment of up to 70 new apprentices this year will help fill predicted skills gap
1 February 2018

ESB has announced today that applications to its prestigious ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme are now open.

This year will see ESB Networks recruit up to 70 new electrical apprentices.  Applications will be accepted online from today, Thursday 1 February and will remain open until Wednesday 14 March.

ESB is known for its high-quality apprenticeship programme,  which offers on-the-job experience as well as classroom based learning.

Speaking about the announcement, ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty said: “The quality of our apprenticeship programme ensures that ESB has the skills and expertise necessary to maintain a world-leading electricity system, capable of meeting Ireland’s evolving energy needs.”

Successful apprentices obtain a QQI Advanced Level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate with a utility that serves 2.3 million domestic and business customers in Ireland.

Mr O’Doherty, who also chairs the Government’s Apprentice Council, adds: “Apprenticeships are invaluable in developing high quality skills which are needed in a modern economy and ESB has been very well served by our investment in apprenticeships over many decades.  Irish industry and businesses can greatly benefit by the expansion of apprenticeships into other sectors of the economy.”

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About ESB Networks
ESB Networks employs over 3,200 people, from specialist network technicians on the front line connecting, maintaining and repairing the electricity system for Ireland’s homes and businesses, to engineers, data scientists and IT professionals utilising emerging technologies to create one of the world’s smartest and most resilient energy networks.