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80 graduates commence ESB's Development Programme

  • Programme aims to recruit talent to drive innovation and support the delivery of ESB’s Net Zero by 2040 strategy
  • Recruitment for 2024 programme opens on Monday, 18th September. Apply at

Thursday, 14th September 2023

80 graduates from Irish and international third-level institutions, spanning the fields of engineering, IT, HR, commercial and finance, have commenced a two-and-a-half-year development programme with ESB.

ESB’s Graduate Development Programme forms part of an ambitious drive by the company to recruit talent from third-level institutions across the island of Ireland, and internationally, to support the delivery of its Net Zero by 2040 strategy. This year’s intake is the largest number of graduates ESB has recruited in over five years.

This year’s graduates will be placed across five business units – ESB Networks, Generation and Trading, Engineering and Major Projects, Customer Solutions and Enterprise Services. 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.

Graduates took part in an induction event last week at ESB‘s head office, Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2, and were welcomed to the organisation by Paddy Hayes, ESB Chief Executive (pictured). Each graduate will receive a range of supports including being partnered with individual mentors from within their business units, IT equipment and access to allow hybrid working as part of ESB’s smart working offering.

Sinéad Kilkelly, ESB’s Executive Director, People & Organisation Development, said: “We are delighted to welcome the largest cohort of graduates to ESB in over five years. Nurturing professional and personal development is at the heart of our programme, and we see great potential for what our graduates, individually and together, can achieve during their time with ESB. We wish each graduate every success and are confident that they will make a difference to the achievement of our Net Zero by 2040 strategy.”

ESB is also pleased to announce that recruitment for our 2024 Graduate Development Programme will open on Monday, 18th September and we are inviting applications from all final-year students.

Applications can be made via the ESB website: