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Forty-eight graduates commence prestigious ESB Development Programme

  • Graduates receiving a range of supports including individual mentors and online induction due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • ESB’s Graduate Development Programme for 2021 is now open: Apply via 

24 September 2020

Forty-eight graduates from the fields of engineering, IT, HR, marketing, commercial and finance, have commenced a prestigious development programme over the next three years with ESB.

ESB’s award-winning Graduate Development Programme sees these graduates develop both professionally and personally, forming part of an ambitious drive by the company to recruit high-calibre talent from third level institutions across the island of Ireland.

The tailored programme offers each graduate the opportunity to gain experience by working on challenging assignments and major projects that offer exposure to the varied businesses of the organisation.

This year’s intake of graduates recently participated in an online induction programme – in line with Covid-19 protocols - to welcome them to the organisation and have received a range of supports to start their programme including being partnered with individual mentors from within their business units, IT equipment and access to allow remote working.

Welcoming this year’s graduates, Pat Naughton, Executive Director, People & Organisation Development at ESB, said: “ESB is delighted to welcome our new colleagues joining the organisation as part of our Graduate Development Programme. We will work with and support the graduates to ensure that they are seamlessly integrated into the organisation despite the challenges posed by Covid-19.

As they embark on their career with ESB, we wish them every success, we look forward to working with them as part of our graduate programme and are confident that they will make a significant contribution to the success of our business and the delivery of our Brighter Future Strategy.

ESB is also pleased to announce that recruitment for our 2021 Graduate Development Programme is now open and we are inviting applications from all final year students.”

To apply for ESB’s 2021 Graduate Development Programme click here. Applications are now open until Monday, 2 November 2020.”

Photo attached of graduates completing online induction.

Media Queries: Graham King ( / 085-1515886




Video of graduates starting the 2020 programme is available here.

Video details of ESB’s 2021 Graduate Development Programme is available here.


About ESB

ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to the supply of customers with an expanding presence in the Great Britain generation and supply markets. In addition, we extract further value through supplying gas and using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications. ESB is the owner of the distribution and transmission networks in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It has a 47% share of generation in the all-island market and a 37% share of electricity supply in the all-island market with 1.4 million customer accounts. 

ESB contributes over €2billion annually to the Irish economy through dividends, investments, taxes and jobs. ESB provides significant employment both directly, with 7,600 employees, and indirectly through contractors and service providers. Read more here,